Singapore Airlines providing internet access on A380s and 777s


Finishing up those business plans before a big meeting may become possible while in the air, thanks to a recent announcement from Singapore Airlines.

The airline is working to equip its long-range planes with internet and phone access, in order to meet demand from business travelers, according to Bloomberg.

Singapore Airlines just signed a contract with OnAir NV, a communications provider partially owned by Airbus SAS, for the installation of WiFI internet and phone links on the planes by 2011, according to the news source. The service would be made available on Airbus A340, A380 and Boeing 777's.

“This is not a revenue-focused move,” Nick Ionides, a Singapore Airlines spokesman, said to the news source. “Our customers would expect this sort of thing from us as the world becomes more connected.”

If the service is installed by the end of 2011, Singapore Airlines will be the first major carrier in Asia to offer the connection onboard, since Emirates Airlines said it would not begin offering the service until 2012.

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