Arabian aerospace

Libyan Airlines and OnAir today announced an agreement to install full SwiftBroadband Mobile OnAir and WiFi Internet OnAir inflight passenger communications services aboard their fleet of brand-new long-range Airbus A330 aircraft. Libyan Airlines are expecting delivery of the first A330 in June 2011.

“OnAir is delighted that Libyan Airlines has made the decision to install connectivity on both the long and short range fleets,” said Benoit Debains, CEO of OnAir. “With OnAir providing both GSM/GPRS as well as Wi-Fi Internet, Libyan Airlines’ passengers will have the broadest range of inflight connectivity options available anywhere in the world today.”

Capt. Mohamed M. Ibsem, Member of Board of Directors and CEO Libyan Airlines said, “Since signing our initial agreement with OnAir on our Airbus A320 fleet last August, we have been looking forward to expand the service across our full fleet so our passengers will be able to enjoy premium inflight connectivity aboard all our new aircraft.”

Libyan Airlines’ passengers will be able to stay connected inflight using their own mobile phones or BlackBerry®-type devices to make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages and emails, and access the Internet. Using the Internet OnAir service, passengers will be able to access the Internet just as they do on the ground by connecting their laptops either wirelessly or via a wired connection.

Libyan Airlines selected OnAir for their single-aisle fleet in August last year (four Airbus A320 aircraft to be delivered this year, the first one in September), and is amongst the first airline to install OnAir services for its full Airbus fleet and the first airline in Africa