Cebu Pacific to offer in-flight Wi-Fi

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The airline also has the option to install Wi-Fi on its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft, for short haul flights, in the next phase. Once Internet OnAir is in service, Cebu Pacific said passengers will be able to access the Internet during flights and make calls using VoIP (voice over IP applications), using their Wi-Fi-enabled personal electronic devices, such as Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and laptops. Cebu Pacific?s A330 fleet is scheduled to have Wi-Fi installed mid-next year, in time for the airline?s initial deployment of long haul services. CEB?s A330 fleet, planned for introduction in the third quarter of 2013, will allow Cebu Pacific to provide direct, non-stop flights to regions within the aircraft?s 11-hour flying range including the Middle East, Australia, parts of Europe, and the US. Cebu Pacific said it will be the first long-haul, low-cost carrier in Southeast Asia to provide in-flight Internet access. It will also be the first Filipino airline to provide Internet connectivity. ?Cebu Pacific has a highly social community of over 600,000 likes on Facebook and over 380,000 Twitter followers. We are very happy to provide our guests with the convenience of online connectivity while in-flight. CEB can now engage passengers through innovative web-based solutions that will further enhance their flying experience with us,? Candice Iyog, CEB VP for marketing and distribution, said in a statement. Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir, said Cebu Pacific is OnAir?s first low-cost, long-range Wi-Fi client in Asia. ?As the air transport market develops, we expect to see more LCCs operating long-haul routes and there is no doubt they will want to provide connectivity,? Dawkins said. OnAir uses Inmarsat?s SwiftBroadband, which reputedly has the most extensive network of regulatory approvals and roaming agreements around the world. ]]>

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