Emirates marks 10 years of in-flight connectivity; over 2.8mn call made

Emirates marks 10 years of in-flight connectivity; over 2.8mn call made
Published: 28 March 2018 - 9:41 a.m.
By: CommsMEA staff writer

Since the first in-flight mobile phone call on March 20, 2008 made on Emirates flight EK751 from Dubai to Casablanca, Emirates has come a long way. The airline is celebrating 10 years of enabling mobile phone use on board its aircraft.

It etched its name in history in 2008 by becoming the first airline in the world to allow customers to make and receive calls, as well as send SMS messages from their own mobile phones. Since then over 2.8 million calls have been made, 60% of which were made from the aircraft, while over a million calls were answered by passengers travelling on Emirates.

The longest call recorded was on a flight from Orlando to Dubai on February 5, 2018 lasting 3 hours and 50 minutes.

Emirates has continuously been investing in providing connectivity and Live TV for its customers. Wi-Fi connectivity is available on over 98% of the fleet, including all A380s, 777-300ERs and 777-200LRs.

As part of its recent expansion of the Wi-Fi offering on board, Emirates Skywards members enjoy special benefits depending on their membership tier and class of travel, including free Wi-Fi when travelling in First Class or Business Class.


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