Cheap flights carrier Ryanair has launched Italy’s first in-flight mobile phone service on five of its aircraft based at Rome (Ciampino).
The service, which was launched yesterday (April 21st), goes someway to securing the airline’s aim of establishing call and text facilities on its fleet of over 180 aircraft.
Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said that the service will allow passengers flying to Rome "to keep in touch with the office, family or friends while travelling".
"We expect customer demand for this service to grow rapidly and hope that customers on all our flights will soon be able to call or text from 30,000 feet to tell loved ones of yet another on-time Ryanair flight" he commented.
Passengers will be able to make and receive voice calls at non-EU international roaming rates, while users of mobile phones, BlackBerrys and other smartphones will be able to send and receive text messages and emails.
Ryanair will temporarily divert flights to and from Pau to Lourdes between July 27th and August 9th to allow for upgrade work to be undertaken on Pau Airport’s landing systems.