By Rob Morris
Passengers can use phones on Wataniya Airlines operating from Kuwait to Dubai.
Wataniya Airways has confirmed passengers flying from Kuwait to Dubai can use their mobile phones during flights.
The Kuwait carrier, which launched on Saturday, has inflight passenger communications services on its A320s, allowing travellers to make or receive calls on handsets and Blackberrys.
Passengers can also send and receive text messages and emails, and access the internet.
“Passengers travelling with Wataniya Airways appreciate the opportunity to stay in touch while they fly, particularly given today’s rapidly changing economic environment,” said George Cooper, CEO of Wataniya Airways.
Cooper added Wataniya is the first Middle Eastern carrier to supply Immarsat SwiftBroadband services for speedy internet connection on flights.
Inflight communications developer OnAir provided the technology for Wataniya flights. The company claims Wataniya passengers will benefit from global coverage and high-speed connectivity.
Other Middle Eastern carriers that have or plan to launch similar inflight mobile communications services include Jazeera Airways, Oman Air and Royal Jordanian Airlines.
Premium carrier Wataniya is initially operating two daily services between Kuwait and Dubai before adding Bahrain and Beirut to the network this March.
This is ridiculous! The only place where people can get some peace & quiet while flying will soon be disrupted. Mobile phones have become a menace, every where u go there is always someone talking on the phone, On the bus, in the lifts, even in church, at the movies!!! Its crazy and very annoying when two or three people on their phones are speaking loudly on a bus, can't imagine being on a flight with 100's who have been given freedom to talk on the flight! What a nightmare!
True, having 100 ppl on their mobiles is annoying. It should be limited to sms. How much will this cost???