Qatar Airways’ first A380, which is fully connected by OnAir, entered revenue service this month, operating between Doha and London.
The airline’s nine other Airbus A380s will also be serviced with both Mobile OnAir and the next generation Internet OnAir.
OnAir’s Inmarsat SwiftBroadband-based mobile phone and Wi-Fi inflight connectivity is now successfully deployed on more than half the world’s A380s.
Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir, said: “Qatar Airways has provided connectivity for its passengers for nearly five years. Keeping passengers connected everywhere they fly around the world is an integral part of the airline’s exceptional cabin offering.
“Qatar Airways is one of the pioneers of inflight connectivity on both long- and short-haul aircraft. Its use of OnAir is evidence that our connectivity is ideal for every aircraft type.
“And it is obvious that OnAir is the go-to company for Airbus A380 connectivity. We are the only service provider with multiple inflight connectivity systems. We can therefore meet the airline’s connectivity requirements across all fleets.”
OnAir is platform agnostic, offering a choice of airborne systems. Qatar Airways short-haul fleet of A320-family aircraft has been equipped with the Airbus Standalone GSM system since 2009 when the service was launched, and the Boeing B787 fleet uses Thales’ TopConnect hardware.