Singapore Airlines to offer Wi-Fi, mobile services

Singapore Airlines today said that it would offer Wi-Fi internet access and mobile telephony services to customers from 2011.

The airlines has entered into a multi-million-dollar collaboration with inflight connectivity provider OnAir to provide full suite of on-board communication offerings to customers said  Singapore Airlines' senior vice president, product and services, Yap Kim Wah.

"The environment that our customers have gotten used to on the ground can soon be replicated in the air, when they fly with Singapore Airlines on aircraft fitted with this new connectivity platform. Travelling on business or pleasure, they are just a click or an SMS away, with access to live information, social networking and news updates, as well as inflight shopping.''

Mobile telephony services will enable customers to send and receive SMS text messages with their GSM-compatible mobile phones, send and receive email messages easily on smart phones and BlackBerry devices.

Customers will be charged as per usage from their telecommunications provider where international GSM roaming rates apply while for Internet access, customers can sign up for an access package upon logging in to the system.

The airline plans to roll out the services from the first half of 2011.