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Telenor behind world's first in-flight mobile phone calls
Posted: 26-Mar-2008 [Source: Telenor]

[AeroMobile, the world's first commercial authorized in-flight mobile phone service, debuted March 20 on Emirates Airlines flight EK751 between Dubai and Casablance.]

Fornebu -- The world's first authorised in-flight mobile phone calls on a commercial flight has taken place, following the successful introduction of the AeroMobile system by Emirates Airline. AeroMobile is a joint venture between Telenor and ARINC, and is the result of a research and innovation project in Telenor.

This marks the start of regular use of mobile telephony and data services on-board airplanes. Field studies and market research clearly show that there is strong interest in in-flight mobile communications among passengers, particularly among business travellers and frequent flyers, but also by leisure travellers. AeroMobile's solutions allow passengers the convenience of safe use of their personal mobile phones during flights exactly as they do on the ground. Calls are conveniently billed directly to passengers' existing mobile phone accounts as international roaming calls. "Most people appreciate the ability to communicate in all situations, also when flying. In addition to operating world-class mobile services in twelve countries, Telenor has extensive experience from satellite-based communications, which is one of the basic elements of mobile communications on board ships and aircrafts. AeroMobile is a natural extension of Telenor's mobile service offering, and we are proud to be at the forefront of this emerging market through AeroMobile," said Bjarne Aamodt, Senior Vice President in Telenor and Chairman of the Board of AeroMobile. The first calls took place on Emirates flight EK751 flying between Dubai and Casablanca on on 20 March, following the granting of full approval from all relevant aviation authorities.

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