Virgin Atlantic passengers will be able to make and receive phone calls while in the air
Monday 14 May 2012
Passengers on Sir Richard Branson's airline, Virgin Atlantic, will be able to make and receive phone calls while in the air, it was announced today.
The facility, which also includes the sending and receiving of text messages, will be available, initially, on Virgin's new Airbus A330 aircraft flying from London to New York .
It will also feature on the airline's Boeing 747 planes, which are currently going through a £50 million refurbishment. By the end of 2012, nearly 20 aircraft will provide the service.
The A330 is undergoing a £100 million investment by Virgin, including a redesigned upper class (first class) cabin.
The new mobile phone system will be available throughout the aircraft in all cabins and is targeted at business travellers.
The service is not permitted during take-off or landing, and American laws mean that it has to be turned off around 250 miles from US airspace.
Virgin Atlantic's chief operating officer Steve Griffiths said: “We have listened to what customers want and connectivity in the air is always on the wish list.”
Meanwhile, low-fare airline easyJet has launched a new lunch pack for children on its flights.
The pack contains snacks popular with youngsters and also includes a pack of colouring pencils and drawings to colour in.
Life & Style blogs
Earth Day 2014: Google celebrates Earth Day with doodles of Rufous hummingbird, veiled chameleon, moon jellyfish, dung beetle, puffer fish and macaques
World's fastest lift climbs 95 floors in 43 seconds at speeds of up to 45mph
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
Saint George's Day: Google Doodle marks England's national day
Mulberry: To hell in a handbag
Ukip election posters: Nigel Farage defends 'racist' campaign anti-immigration campaign ahead of Europe elections
Ukip leader Nigel Farage defends employing German wife, at launch of anti-immigration poster campaign
Is Britain really a land of God? Furious debate after David Cameron claims we are a Christian country
An open letter to Nigel Farage: you may smile, but I am not seduced
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
David Cameron's constituency office calls police on food bank campaigners Bishop of Oxford and Reverend Keith Hebden
- 1 William Shakespeare's 450th birthday: 50 everyday phrases that came from the Bard
- 2 David Cameron's constituency office calls police on food bank campaigners Bishop of Oxford and Reverend Keith Hebden
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 Women take on Bear Grylls over 'sexist' male-only desert island show
- 5 Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: Concerns grow among search officials that missing jet ‘may have landed somewhere else’
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£50000 Per Annum + Excellent Benefits: The Green Recruitment Company: The Clie...
£30000 - £35000 Per Annum plus benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our ...
£55000 - £62000 per annum + outstanding benefits and bonus: Pro-Recruitment Gr...
£35000 - £45000 per annum + excellent company benefits : Pro-Recruitment Group...