SriLankan Airlines flies first fully-connected aircraft

Mobile phone being used in flight.
The aircraft is fitted with both Internet OnAir and Mobile OnAir.

SriLankan Airlines’ first fully-connected Airbus A330-300 has entered commercial service, equipped with both Internet OnAir and Mobile OnAir.

Passengers on board the delivery flight from Toulouse to Colombo included SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Marketing Officer, G. T. Jeyaseelan.

Jeyaseelan said: “We are gearing-up SriLankan to meet the challenges and ever-growing demands of the global travel industry.

“Our new fleet is giving us the opportunity to introduce innovative products and services to enhance the passenger experience. Providing mobile phone and internet connectivity is a very important element of our superior offering in a highly-competitive market.”

Now in service, the aircraft will be deployed on different routes as part of a performance evaluation programme that will last for three months.

SriLankan Airlines began commercial operations of its newly-acquired Airbus 330-300 with a direct non-stop service to London on Sunday.

After the evaluation the airline will decide on a route for the new aircraft, based on passenger volumes, route yields, demand for business class, frequency and consistency of the product.

The airline will also consider the number of aircraft required to support the frequency of flights to a particular destination. SriLankan is looking to deploy its new A330-300s primarily on Far-Eastern routes including Bangkok, Tokyo, Canton and Beijing.

OnAir has a large number of roaming agreements with mobile network operators in the region enabling passengers from both Sri Lanka and other countries to access the inflight mobile phone network throughout the flight.

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