Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


World's First Wireless Inflight Laptop Service


Emirates To Offer World's First Wireless Inflight Laptop Service

In another inflight communications first, Emirates Airline has announced that soon it will offer its passengers the world's first regular, airborne wireless laptop service, thanks to an agreement signed today with Tenzing Communications of Seattle, Washington, USA.

The Dubai-based international airline will launch the new feature in the first quarter of this year on board all of its new Airbus A340-500s. It will be offered alongside the current seatback e-mail and SMS already available on Emirates' A340-500s, which enable passengers to send out and receive e-mails and SMSs during the flight using an on-screen keyboard.

Emirates is the launch carrier for the new A340-500 aircraft, which started operating on the between Dubai-Sydney-Auckland route on December 3.

The new Emirates product is the world's first deployment of Wi-Fi e-mail laptop connectivity in regularly scheduled commercial aviation.

With the new wireless laptop system, passengers can use their own e-mail accounts, including corporate e-mail, in a secure environment. The ultra-long-range A340-500 will be the first aircraft to include a wireless LAN certified for passengers' own Wi-Fi-enabled laptop computers. Dial-up connections to the onboard server also will be available, from passenger seats.

Maurice Flanagan, Emirates Vice Chairman and Group President said: "The seatback e-mail and SMS products we already provide are very popular with passengers who are not carrying a laptop. The Tenzing service is targeted at those who do, including business travellers who like to keep in touch with their regular e-mail accounts on Wi-Fi."

Passenger laptops will require minimal or no configuration to connect to the Tenzing service. Travellers will be able to choose between hooking up via the RJ11 dial-up method or the simpler 802.11b wireless method. First and Business class passengers also will be able to connect using a standard RJ45 LAN connector.

Mr. Flanagan added: "Ease of connection is of major importance, and the seats have been equipped with multiple options. Long term, wireless is the expected norm, but currently most passenger devices only have the regular plug types."

Every Emirates seat in First and Business Class is also equipped with laptop power, using a regular style US socket so that no special power adapter is required. There are also laptop recharge points in Economy Class.

In-seat satellite telephone also is available to Emirates passengers, with calls costing US$5 per minute to anywhere in the world. The current charge for use of the seatback e-mail and SMS features already being offered on the A340-500 is US$1 per message. Usage fees for the new wireless system will be announced closer to launch date.

Alan McGinnis, CEO of Tenzing said: "We are honoured to be working with Emirates, an innovative airline dedicated to customer service that is at the forefront of inflight communications and entertainment systems."

John Leahy, Chief Commercial Officer of Airbus ? an investor in Tenzing - said: "We're very pleased that Emirates has decided to launch Tenzing inflight e-mail on its aircraft. This is an excellent example of collaboration between leading service providers to offer an all-around exceptional passenger experience. Airbus is proud to be associated with it."

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>

ALSO:

Half A Billion Accounts: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>

ALSO:

Half Full: Fonterra Raises Forecast Payout As Global Supply Shrinks

Fonterra Cooperative Group, the dairy processor which will announce annual earnings tomorrow, hiked its forecast payout to farmers by 50 cents per kilogram of milk solids as global supply continues to decline, helping prop up dairy prices. More>>

ALSO:

Results:

Meat Trade: Silver Fern Farms Gets Green Light For Shanghai Maling Deal

The government has given the green light for China's Shanghai Maling Aquarius to acquire half of Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand's biggest meat company, with ministers satisfied it will deliver "substantial and identifiable benefit". More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news