British Airways to allow in-flight texting
British Airways announced this week that it would initiate limited cell phone use on an upcoming route between London and New York City. Voice calls will not be permitted, but passengers will be allowed to send and receive text messages and e-mails.
Other airlines have experimented with in-flight cell phone use, including Ryanair, Qantas, Air France, and Emirates. Only Emirates allows voice calls onboard, but other airlines, British Airways included, say they might permit in-flight talking, depending on passenger feedback.
British Airways flies high with broadband
British Airways is to provide mid-flight email and Net access for its customers as part of three-month pilot into the technology.
BA is installing Connexion - a broadband technology from Boeing - in its First, Club World and World Traveller Plus cabins, which will enable passengers to plug-in their laptops and do stuff online.
Research carried out by BA found that 75 per cent of its business travellers fly with their laptops, and most of those who carried laptops were "extremely" or "very interested" in having Internet access during a flight.
I'm wondering if it will be for business class only, and/or ridiculously overpriced.