September 27 2013  |  Inflight Entertainment

SIA 777 makes first flight with AeroMobile connectivity system

By Rick Lundstrom

Business Class seating on a Singapore Airlines 777-300ER

Singapore Airlines' first 777-300ER equipped with AeroMobile’s inflight mobile connectivity service took its inaugural flight from Singapore to London today.

SIA’s eight 777-300ERs are being  equipped with WiFi and GSM solutions and AeroMobile hardware from Panasonic Avionics Corporation system.

Passengers can use their own mobile phones to send text messages and browse the Internet. Travelers using any of the UK’s major mobile phone networks will be able to access the service. The same applies for subscribers of Singapore’s three main mobile operators; M1, SingTel and StarHub. AeroMobile also has roaming agreements with 220 other mobile operators worldwide.

“Asia is a significant growth area for us, with more airlines scheduled to launch the service in the coming months. As well as Singapore Airlines we’re looking forward to working with Thai Airways and Garuda Indonesia in the not too distant future,” said Kevin Rogers, CEO of AeroMobile.

Singapore Airlines is investing S$150 million (US$119 million) in cabin products on the eight 777s. First Class passengers can watch IFE on a 24-inch screen. Ports for iPods and USB are installed in the seating. HDMI ports allow passengers to watch IFE on personal media players. 

Business Class has 19-inch screens and seats stowage areas for laptop computers and the same ports as First Class.

Economy Class has an 11-inch screen with a touch screen graphical user interface. 

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