bmi has become the first British airline to offer passengers in-flight communication services, including SMS-enabled mobile phones and PDAs (personal digital assistants).
The airline, which is London Heathrow’s second largest, also announced that it will allow passengers access to the internet and email from laptop computers fitted with GSM data cards.
The new service will be trialled for six months on an Airbus A320 aircraft flying between Heathrow and Moscow after the airline secured telecommunications regulatory approval from Ofcom.
Commenting on the service, Peter Spencer, managing director of bmi, said he was "delighted" to be working alongside OnAir, which will be supplying the necessary equipment.
"Our research tells us that our business passengers in particular have two key concerns – getting through the airport quickly and being able to carry on working during their journey, so we’re confident that many will warmly welcome this service," he said.
bmi announced last month that it had removed all fuel surcharges on its flights within the UK and Europe.
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