Lufthansa Adds Mobile Phone Roaming Service to Long-Haul Fleet

By Paul Riegler on 6 February 2014
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Tail of a Lufthansa 747-8

Tail of a Lufthansa 747-8

Lufthansa said it has started to offer additional onboard connectivity via its FyNet service Thursday.

The German flag carrier announced that it has added technology from AeroMobile that allows passengers to use their own mobile phones via Lufthansa’s FlyNet system for texting and browsing the web.

The service does not support voice phone calls, however.

FlyNet is available once the aircraft reaches 30,000 feet.  The service functions similar to how roaming works when using one’s phone in another country.  AeroMobile has roaming agreements in place with over 240 mobile operators worldwide including AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S., EE, O2, Vodafone, and Three in the U.K., and T-Mobile, Vodafone, e-Plus, and O2 in Germany.

Roaming rates, according to Aeromobile, are “similar” to terrestrial roaming rates.

The system is active on eight Airbus A330 planes as well as on one Boeing 747-8 that was delivered to the carrier on Thursday, according to Nils Haupt, a Lufthansa spokesman.  The planes are based at Lufthansa’s hubs in Munich and Frankfurt and fly to a variety of destinations across the globe.

Lufthansa said that the new system will be added to all 107 aircraft in its long-haul fleet.  This includes Airbus A330s, A340s, and A380s, as well as Boeing 747s.

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