Lufthansa has launched its inflight mobile phone service with AeroMobile, allowing passengers to use their own mobile devices to text and browse online at 30,000 feet via Lufthansa FlyNet.
With eight aircraft already in service, the German flag-carrier has confirmed it will roll out mobile connectivity across its entire long-haul fleet of more than 100 aircraft this year.
The AeroMobile network is already available across selected Airbus A330s in the Lufthansa fleet, flying from Munich and Frankfurt to North America and the Middle East.
The roll out means that this year, customers flying on any of Lufthansa’s long-haul routes will be able to stay connected using their personal mobile devices inflight.
AeroMobile has roaming agreements with more than 240 mobile phone operators worldwide, including German networks T-Mobile, Vodafone, e-Plus and O2 Germany, as well as AT&T and T-Mobile in the USA and EE, O2, Vodafone and Three in the UK.
Prices are typically similar to ‘rest of world’ terrestrial roaming rates.
Kevin Rogers, CEO of AeroMobile, said: “It’s great news that Lufthansa will be rolling out AeroMobile connectivity on their entire fleet this year. We know that passengers are keen to keep their mobile phones on inflight and Lufthansa clearly recognises the value of offering this service.
“The service will give travellers the flexibility to use their mobile devices as much or as little as they like during a flight, whether it’s to send an SMS to a loved one, keep on top of emails or update their Facebook status.”
Lufthansa has also received the first Boeing B747-8 to be fully line-fitted with the AeroMobile inflight mobile service. The aircraft took its delivery flight from Seattle to Frankfurt on 6 February 2014.
The airline has 19 B747-8s set to enter their fleet. Nine of these aircraft have already been delivered and will be retro-fitted this year. The additional deliveries will leave the Boeing facility in Seattle fully line-fitted with AeroMobile connectivity.