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Aer Lingus introduces Wi-Fi access on its transatlantic flights

Aer Lingus customers traveling on transatlantic flights would now be even happier than before. Aer Lingus has finally launched Wi-Fi access and Global System for Mobile Communications services on all its transatlantic flights from today, October 7, 2013. The launch has come after several months of trials.

Aer Lingus has now become the second airline in Europe, after Germany’s Lufthansa, to offer wireless internet access on its flights to the United States. The airline said that it has fitted its seven Airbus A330 aircrafts with satellite technology that has been provided by Panasonic Corporation.

With the launch of Wi-Fi access, the customers traveling on transatlantic flights would now be able to connect their own personal devices including smart phones, mobiles, tablets and laptops for accessing the Internet. The customers would, apart from Wi-Fi access, would also be offered GSM services, which are being provided by the airline in cooperation with AeroMobile. The customers would however not be allowed to make voice calls.

Aer Lingus said that the customers traveling in business class would be offered complimentary service, while other customers would be required to pay for using the service, which starts at $14.86 (10.95 Euro).

Stephen Kavanagh, Chief Commercial Officer of Aer Lingus, said that the airline is at the forefront of in-cabin internet access by being just the second European carrier to introduce internet access on transatlantic flights. He said that this is another choice being offered to the customers to enhance their experience in flying with Aer Lingus.