7 September 2012, Singapore – Singapore Airlines (SIA) is finally allowing passengers to enjoy in-flight connectivity at a cost of US$50 million to the airline. SIA is partnering connectivity provider OnAir to roll out the service across all of SIA’s long-haul Airbus A380-800, A340-500 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft over the next two years.
Passengers can surf the internet, send and receive emails as well as send and receive SMS text messages with GSM compatible mobile phones.
The service is currently available on14 aircraft including all five Airbus A340-500s which fly the long haul non-stop flights between Singapore and Newark or Los Angeles. The service is also available on flights to Australia.
How Much Does It Cost?
From now till 30 November 2012, the service is available at a promotional price of US$25 for 30mb of data and US#10 for 10mb of data.
SingTel Mobile customers are enjoy discounted roaming rates of up to 40% till 31 March 2013 for in-flight text messaging and GPRS data services and 20% for incoming and outgoing voice calls.
The airline is also working on the next generation of in-flight entertainment offerings including the latest hardware systems with new screen and handset technology as well as more video and audio content.