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Emirates says 2.8m inflight calls made since historic 2008 first

Dubai airline also says that 87m SMS messages have been sent from aircraft in past decade

Emirates says 2.8m inflight calls made since historic 2008 first
Wi-Fi connectivity is available on over 98 percent of the Emirates fleet, including all A380s, 777-300ERs and 777-200LRs.

Emirates, which made history 10 years ago by becoming the first airline in the world to allow customers to make and receive calls, has revealed that a total of 87 million SMS messages have been sent from their aircraft.

The Dubai-based airline said the inaugural phone call was made on March 20, 2008 on Emirates flight EK751 from Dubai to Casablanca.

Since then over 2.8 million calls have been made, 60 percent of which were made from the aircraft, while over a million calls were answered by passengers travelling on Emirates. 

The airline revealed that the longest call recorded was on a flight from Orlando to Dubai on February 5, 2018 lasting 3 hours and 50 minutes.

Emirates said it has been at the forefront of innovation with connectivity and inflight entertainment on board. Besides allowing mobile phone use inflight in 2008, Emirates was also first airline to install TV screens in every seat on every aircraft in its fleet in 1992.

Emirates added that it has continuously been investing in providing connectivity and Live TV for its customers. Over 70 percennt of all Emirates’ aircraft offer Live TV, including all its Boeing 777-200LR and 777-300ER fleet.

Wi-Fi connectivity is available on over 98 percent of the fleet, including all A380s, 777-300ERs and 777-200LRs.

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