Thai Airways is to install OnAir's internet and voice connectivity products on new widebody deliveries aircraft over the next five years.
Initially, the carrier plans to install Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir on six A3980s and seven. The service implementation is expected by the end of the second quarter of this year, with full roll-out completed by 2014. It is part of a major investment program to modernize Thai’s in-flight products.
“Inflight Connectivity is yet another innovative service for THAI passengers, with 35 new wide-bodied aircraft to be deployed throughout our expanding network globally over the next five years- As we're raising the service levels for our passengers even higher, this marks a further milestone in taking our business into the very top league of global airlines,” said Teerapol Chotichanapibal, Thai’s executive vice president, product and customer services.
Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir, said, “This agreement demonstrates that OnAir is the leading global inflight connectivity service provider. Our services are available across the world thanks to our extensive network of regulatory approvals and roaming agreements. We also have the satellite technology, in Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband, both for global coverage and to meet passengers’ connectivity needs today and in the future, with a clear deployment path to Global Xpress.”