Aer Lingus lets passengers to the US use mobile devices in flight
Passengers onboard Aer Lingus' long-haul flights can now use their own mobile phones to text and browse the internet, using AeroMobile's inflight roaming service. They could, the airline confirms, shop too if they want.
All seven of the airline's Airbus A330 aircraft, which serve the USA from the Republic of Ireland, are fitted with the AeroMobile service, meaning travellers can stay in touch with friends and family by SMS, or email a colleague at 30,000 feet.
Irish passengers using Three Ireland, Vodafone Ireland and O2 Ireland, as well as travellers from the US on AT&T and T Mobile can all access the AeroMobile network inflight. What's more, AeroMobile has roaming agreements with over 220 mobile phone operators worldwide, from the Netherlands, the UAE and Singapore, to Estonia and New Zealand. The caller simply pays the international roaming rate that they would pay outside Europe on the ground.
Inflight roaming has already proved a hit with travellers on connected flights in and out of Ireland; in the last six months more than 20,000 passengers have connected to the AeroMobile network on flights operated by Etihad, Emirates and SAS serving Ireland, sending 9,000 text messages from the cabin.
“With the launch of AeroMobile services on Aer Lingus' transatlantic routes, Irish passengers are certainly well-served with inflight connectivity; there are now up to 140 flights a week coming in and out of Ireland on AeroMobile-equipped aircraft,” said Kevin Rogers, CEO of AeroMobile.
“Aer Lingus is the third European carrier to launch our inflight mobile service on transatlantic flights, a route which is showing high demand from passengers who want to enjoy the same level of connectivity they have on the ground, but up in the air,” continued Rogers.