SriLankan Airlines has introduced its first aircraft equipped with both Internet and mobile connectivity, both of which are provided by OnAir.
A performance evaluation programme will now take place over a period of three months, during which the A330-300 will be deployed on a variety of routes to test the Internet OnAir and Mobile OnAir services. The carrier will also assess the demand for the service during this period before deciding on which route to permanently implement the connected aircraft.
“We are gearing-up SriLankan to meet the challenges and ever-growing demands of the global travel industry,” said SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Marketing Officer, G. T. Jeyaseelan. “Our new fleet is giving us the opportunity to introduce innovative products and services to enhance the passenger experience. Providing mobile phone and Internet connectivity is a very important element of our superior offering in a highly competitive market.”
Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir, commented: “We provide in-flight connectivity across the whole of Asia. Our unique network of roaming agreements and authorisations from national regulators means OnAir is the leading supplier in the region. We are delighted to be supporting SriLankan Airlines’ drive to break new ground in Sri Lankan aviation.”