Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines to offer phone connectivity in flight

Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines to offer phone connectivity in flight

TAM Airlines, a Brazilian carrier that is the largest in Latin America, has re-worked a contract that will allow passengers to use their phones for calls, texts and web browsing while in flight, reports TMCnet.

Under the terms of the contract, inflight connectivity provider OnAir will equip 26 of TAM's jets with a system that enables passengers to use their smartphones and Blackberry devices while on board.

Starting sometime in the first half of 2011, TAM will begin using the new system on its Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft. The OnAir connectivity program allows up to eight passengers to make phone calls on board, and the system does not restrict the amount of data phones can send or receive while in flight.

"We noted our clients want and need to be connected while flying," Manoela Amaro, the marketing officer for TAM, said in a release. "To that end, we are increasing the number of aircraft with the OnAir system to offer our customers a more complete flying experience."

TAM offers service to 45 domestic and 18 international destinations, including Miami, New York-JFK and Orlando in the United States.

By Arnold Meyer

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