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Virgin Offers Inflight Mobile Calls via Panasonic

Virgin Offers Inflight Mobile Calls via Panasonic

Virgin offers in-flight mobile calls

Virgin Atlantic has become the first airline in Britain to offer in-flight mobile phone calls, texts and web access in the air.

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Virgin Atlantic is taking on BA with in-flight mobile phone calls. Photo: Alamy
 

The service will initially be available on Virgin’s new Airbus A330 planes flying from London to New York but will be available on 17 planes on at least 10 routes by the end of the year.

In-flight mobile access will be provided by AeroMobile, which is part-owned by Panasonic. Virgin will charge passengers approximately the same as normal roaming charges.

British Airways already offers passengers in-flight texts and web access on a single route between London City Airport and New York but it does not permit in-flight mobile phone calls.

Neither Virgin nor BA’s service is permitted during take-off or landing, and American laws mean that it has to be turned off 250 miles from US airspace.

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