Boeing plans to allow use of mobile ‘phones and Wi-Fi on board

3 Oct

Airline manufacturer Boeing has said in a press release that it has improved connectivity in some of its fleet of commerical aircraft. Passengers on board Boeing jets will be able to use their mobile ‘phones or connect to the Internet via a Wi-Fi network with total normality.

Days are numbered for the familiar phrase: “we remind you that passengers are not permitted to use their mobile ‘phones on board”. Boeing is going to offer all the airlines it supplies new connection possibilities. Spending hours on board an aeroplane will now no longer be an issue for those who wish to take advantage of travelling time to sruf the Internet or take or make telephone calls.

The new Boeing 747-8 and 777, which will be rolling off the production line at the end of 2013, will have a much better mobile ‘phone coverage, allowing passengers to use their ‘phones, connect to a Wi-Fi network, access the Interne, use in-flight entertainment systems (IFE) and watch live streams of TV programmes.

Furthermore, the possibility of using these improved connections on existing Boeing 737 models is currently being evaluated and could be available in the not-so-distant future.

By the end of the year, the company aims to have the Boeing 787 offering a complete range of wireless connections.

“Passengers want to have the option to remain connected to their email, the Internet and other on-line services during the flight. We are working closely with various suppliers of wireless services to upgrade the system in our entire fleet”, said the company in today’s press statement.

The systems currently being developed on Boeing jets are the Panasonic Global Communication Suite and Thales Top Connect. The Wireless media streaming is expected to be available on all Boeing planes by 2014.


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