Europeâ€™s largest airline, Lufthansa, has launched its inflight mobile phone service with AeroMobile, allowing passengers to use their own mobile devices to text and browse online at 30,000 feet via Lufthansa FlyNet. With eight aircraft already in service, the German flag-carrier has confirmed it will roll out mobile connectivity across its entire long-haul fleet of over 100 aircraft this year.
The AeroMobile network, which allows passengers to roam just as they would abroad, is already available across selected A330s in the Lufthansa fleet, flying from Munich and Frankfurt to North America and the Middle East but is expected to reach other long haul destinations including Nigeria.
The roll out means that this year, customers flying on any of Lufthansaâ€™s long-haul routes will be able to stay connected using their personal mobile devices inflight.
AeroMobile has roaming agreements with more than 240 mobile phone operators worldwide.
The service is simple to use; passengers simply turn on their mobile device to connect to the network, and are billed directly by their mobile operator. Prices are typically similar to â€˜rest of worldâ€™ terrestrial roaming rates.
â€œThe service will give travellers the flexibility to use their mobile devices as much or as little as they like during a flight, whether itâ€™s to send an SMS to a loved one, keep on top of emails or update their Facebook status,â€ said Kevin Rogers, CEO of AeroMobile.
However Lufthansa ensures its passenger have a quiet time while onboard. Therefore, telephony or voice over internet (VoI) wonâ€™t be allowed.