With more than 6000 airplanes connected to the ground based Gogo system in North America and Row42’s satelite based service on board Norwegian and some other European airlines, inflight internet is quickly becoming a standard commodity.
However, SAS now claims to be the first airline to offer both WiFI and telephony! “Staying connected with loved ones and business contacts in flight has never been easier”, as the advert says. The system delivered by Panasonic offers a GSM phone service in collaboration with AeroMobile, an operator specialized in in-flight GSM.
Passengers will be able to use their own mobile phones in flight for voice and data services with “low per-minute calling changes comparable with international roaming rates”! The latter statement is of course relative :-)