SAS Unveils SASWiFi In-flight Internet and Mobile Phone Service

By Paul Riegler on 16 December 2011
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Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is launching SASWiFi, the airline’s in-flight service next week. The SASWiFi service provides passengers with Wi-Fi and GSM via Panasonic’s eXconnect and eXphone systems.

The service will be complimentary for passengers in the introductory phases. SASWiFi will first be installed on SAS’s Boeing 737-800 fleet and will be offered initially on domestic flights within Norway. It will then be expanded to SAS flights to and from Oslo and Stockholm to other European cities.

SASWiFi will launch with Internet and online shopping.  The shared connection provides download speeds of up to 12 Mbps.  The airline will add in-flight entertainment, including videos, movies, games and destination information, at a later date. SAS plans to offer Wi-Fi on all short-haul flights, as well as on intercontinental flights in the future.

Starting in 2012, SAS also plans to offer GSM and GPRS to enable SMS texting and mobile phone calls.

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