Airbus receives certification for on-board mobile phone system
Posted on 20-Jun-2007 11:15
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Airbus has received an airworthiness certification for a cell-phone system on board an aircraft. On 18th June 2007, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved Airbus’ GSM on-board system.
The EASA airworthiness certification comes after tests were carried out by Airbus earlier this year and confirms the GSM on-board system’s compatibility in the aircraft environment.
With this approval, Airbus has made a major step towards airline operation of the OnAir service that will enable passengers to use their BlackBerry-type devices and mobile phones during flights in Europe. They will be able to make and receive calls in addition to being able to send and receive emails and text messages. Cabin crew can easily manage the service and have the option of selecting a “voice-off” mode which only allows SMS text messaging and email services.
OnAir, a joint venture between Airbus and SITA, will act as the service provider for a range of connectivity services. Initially the service will be available on Airbus’ Single Aisle Family for short-haul flights in Western Europe.