Ryanair Offers In-Flight Mobile Phones
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary unveiled the discount airline’s latest money-making plan: inflight mobile service. Although several other airlines such as Air-France KLM and BMI British Midland have run in-flight cell phone service trials, Ryanair is the first European airline to actually begin kitting out 20 of its 170-strong fleet.
The service is provided by OnAir, a company 67% owned by aviation company Sita and 30% by Airbus. O’Leary aims to offer it aboard the entire fleet within the next 18 months. Calls aren’t cheap, though, costing between $2.15 and $4.28 a minute, with text messages costing 60 cents and e-mails up to $2.85.
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