Emirates Emirates has become the first commercial airline in the world to provide in-flight mobile telephony service to passengers, the company said.

The first authorized mobile phone call from a commercial flight was made Thursday at 30,000 feet on board an Emirates Airbus A340-300 aircraft flying from Dubai to Casablanca in Morocco. Emirates has received approval from international air safety organizations before adopting the in flight mobiles system developed by AeroMobile.

BlackBerry email and other GPRS data applications will be available later on this year and there’s even a politeness policy enforced making sure that passengers keep their mobiles on silent.  Mobile access will only be enable at cruising altitude, I guess if something does go wrong the pilots will have more time to react and rectify the issue. Mobile services will also be only be enabled on day flights and as usual always be on silent mode while in flight.

 

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