By Tish Drake | January 5, 2012
OnAir is expanding its service in Azerbaijan, with Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) announcing plans to equip 15 of its aircraft for a range of mobile communications services. When commercially launched later this year, customers of mobile operator Azerfon will be able to use mobile and data services during flights. These include voice, text and data communications.
“Azerfon, being the most innovative and transparent mobile operator, is extremely proud of partnering with OnAir to present the project for mobile connectivity services on AZAL aircraft. Azerfon has a tradition of pioneering innovative telecom solutions in Azerbaijan. For the first time in the telecom history of not only Azerbaijan, but of CIS region as well, we will provide our customers with unique opportunity of staying connected even on air. Our valued customers will be able to call, text and surf the internet using our services. This is another breakthrough for Azerbaijan’s telecom industry, thanks to Azerfon”, said CEO of Azerfon Jurgen Peetz.
“As the National Aviation Carrier, AZAL is very pleased to announce the introduction of mobile communication services on our aircraft. We look forward to launching these services in partnership with national operator Azerfon and the leading global inflight connectivity services provider OnAir. This will be the first innovation of its kind in communication and aviation not only in Azerbaijan, but also in the region. Only AZAL’s passengers will be able to use mobile services on board. This new technology is absolutely secure and is approved by the appropriate regulatory authorities,” said Jahangir Asgerov, president of Azerbaijan Airlines Joint Stock Company.