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First half of 2014 sees 30% increase in connected aircraft

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Mobile phone users can now use their own devices on more than 245 aircraft across 13 different airlines, thanks to connectivity provided by AeroMobile.

The number of aircraft offering the AeroMobile service, which allows passengers to use their own mobile phones inflight just as they would abroad, has increased by 30 per cent in the first six months of 2014.

AeroMobile’s inflight mobile network is now available on more than 430 flights every day, including on routes operated by Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic.

The most recent additions to the AeroMobile-connected fleet include Qatar Airways and EVA Air, while existing airline partners, including Etihad and Lufthansa, continue to roll out the service across their long-haul fleets.

Usage has also shot up across the board compared to the same period in 2013, with data seeing the highest uptake of a massive 313% and the number of inflight texts increasing by 48%. With connections to the AeroMobile network up an impressive 56 per cent to just over 3 million connections, it’s clear that inflight mobile connectivity is more popular than ever.

Using the service is easy; once the aircraft reaches cruising altitude simply switch on your phone, making sure ‘Airplane Mode’ is off, and connect to the AeroMobile network. AeroMobile has active roaming agreements with more than 260 mobile phone operators, including all of the major mobile service providers in the UK, and covers over 150 countries worldwide.

“In partnership with the airlines we have really accelerated the roll-out of AeroMobile connectivity this year, meaning more passengers than ever can now use their mobile phones inflight,” said Kevin Rogers, CEO of AeroMobile.

“We’re expecting to see continued growth in airlines, aircraft passengers and usage as the AeroMobile inflight mobile network becomes embedded within the cabin experience,” continued Rogers. “It’s certainly a very exciting time for the company as airlines can see more than ever that passengers are expecting the same level of connectivity they experience on the ground as up in the air, which means mobile as well as WiFi,” concluded Rogers.

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