Cheap flights carrier Ryanair launched its first in-flight mobile phone service for passengers on Thursday (February 19th).
The first 20 of the airline’s aircraft have been fitted with the service – the first step towards installing the technology in Ryanair’s fleet of 170 aircraft.
Passengers travelling on the carrier’s OnAir-enabled aircraft will now be able to make and receive telephone calls, text messages and emails using their mobile phones and BlackBerrys.
OnAir chief executive officer Benoit Debains said that mobile OnAir is the "most advanced in-flight communications service in the world".
"We are proud to work with Ryanair, the world’s largest international scheduled airline, and to provide their 67 million passengers with access to this new technology which will enable them to send and receive emails, text messages, download attachments and make and receive calls just as they would on the ground," he said.
Customers of 02 and Vodafone will initially be able to use the service, as well as customers of more than 50 mobile phone operators across the continent.
Figures from Ryaniar have revealed that 89 percent of its 31,000 January flights arrived at their destination on time.