Panasonic Avionics subsidiary AeroMobile today announced that it has added the 100th aircraft to its 3.5G mobile network.
With 60 percent of airlines now offering 3.5G inflight connectivity, users of the AeroMobile service grew by 57 percent between 4Q16 and 1Q17.
The AeroMobile service allows passengers to use their own mobile devices to text, make calls, listen to voicemail and browse the internet while inflight.
The service is easy to use with no onboard payment or registration; passengers simply turn on their mobile device to connect to the network and are billed directly by their mobile operator.
Kevin Rogers, CEO of AeroMobile said: “The milestone of 100 3.5G connected aircraft is testament to the continued airline adoption of the service and strong passenger demand.
“We have seen rapid growth in the 3.5G service and already 60 percent of our airline partners are rolling it out. In 2017 alone, 3.5G connected aircraft have already flown to 127 destinations in 65 countries.”
The inflight 3.5G network is complementary to Panasonic’s global inflight connectivity service.
AeroMobile says it offers passengers a simple and elegant way to stay in touch with friends, family, co-workers and current events while in the air.
It gives passengers the same connectivity options as they have on the ground, and when combined with inflight Wi-Fi, enables data speeds that are comparable to a terrestrial service.
AeroMobile’s phone service is already in use on more than 500 aircraft across 21 airlines worldwide, including Air Berlin, Aer Lingus, Air France, Alitalia, Emirates, Etihad, EuroWings, EVA Air, Cathay Pacific, KLM, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Malindo Air, Qatar Airways, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, SWISS, Turkish Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.
AeroMobile was the first to introduce mobile phone services in 2008 and now has more than 350 roaming agreements in more than 150 countries.