AeroMobile has celebrated the first Airbus A380 to be fully line-fitted with its inflight mobile phone network.
The Etihad Airways A380-800 (A6-APA) aircraft’s inaugural flight with AeroMobile services was from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow, touching down on earlier.
This successful maiden flight paves the way for future A380s to be fitted with AeroMobile services.
The newly-connected aircraft accommodates 498 guests in total – 417 in Economy Class, 70 in Business Class, 9 in First Class and two in The Residence cabin.
Etihad Airways now has AeroMobile connectivity on 59 aircraft serving worldwide destinations from the Middle East.
The AeroMobile service is also fitted to Etihad Airways’ Airbus A330-200, A330-300, A340-500 and A340-600 aircraft.
AeroMobile, a mobile network operator, enables airline passengers to roam inflight.
The company provides technology and services that allow the safe use of passengers’ own mobile phones on-board aircraft.
AeroMobile’s in-flight mobile services have proved incredibly popular with passengers since the first flight in March 2008.
In fact, since launch over 23.6 million passengers have successfully connected to the network and 2014 saw a strong increase in the uptake of AeroMobile services from airlines and passengers, which reflects the needs of the modern traveller; to always be connected.
AeroMobile has roaming agreements with more than 285 operators in over 130 countries, including UAE operators Etisalat and Du and O2, EE, Three and Vodafone in the UK.
“It’s very exciting to kick off 2015 with our first AeroMobile-connected A380.
“With demand for inflight connectivity increasing year-on-year, we’re looking forward to continued momentum in installed aircraft and passenger demand in 2015,” Kevin Rogers, chief executive, AeroMobile.