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Telenor Pakistan, AeroMobile offer world's first in-flight mobile phone calls

Islamabad Wednesday March 26, 2008: Telenor Pakistan in collaboration with AeroMobile has commercially launched the worlds first in-flight mobile service. The new service allows Telenor Pakistans postpaid customers to use their GSM services while in flight on Emirates Airline aircraft equipped with the AeroMobile system.

The first in-flight mobile phone calls using the Telenor Groups GSM network took place on Emirates flight EK751 on 20th March flying between Dubai and Casablanca with full approval from aviation authorities. Dubai-based international carrier Emirates, has guidelines for the appropriate use of phones on board, including requesting passengers to have their phones switched to silent? mode during the flights. The airlines cabin crew is able to monitor use of the system and is in full control of its use throughout flights.

AeroMobiles in-flight solution allows passengers the convenience of safe use of their personal mobile phones during flights as on the ground. Calls are billed directly to passengers existing mobile phone accounts as international roaming calls. Before the launch of the service on Emirates airline, mobile phone use in aircraft had only been allowed in limited, short-term trials which did not support voice calls.
Chief Marketing Officer Telenor Pakistan Lars Christian Iuel said: Once again, leading on the innovation front we are proud to be the first in Pakistan to present in-flight mobile services to subscribers. Now all Telenor Persona customers can stay connected with their business & loved ones, even while in the skies.?

Chief Executive AeroMobile Bjorn-Taale Sandberg added: We are delighted to join with Emirates and Telenor Pakistan in delivering a genuine world first for the airline industry.?

Emirates and Telenor Pakistan have set an industry-leading standard for passengers communications in launching AeroMobile services. We have gone to considerable lengths to ensure that all safety and regulatory issues have been fully addressed. We believe that the ability to communicate efficiently, easily and safely when on board flights will become an every-day feature of business and leisure travel very quickly.?

AeroMobile is a partnership between ARINC Inc and Telenor ASA. The partnership establishes a GSM provider for the sky. AeroMobiles unique value proposition lies in the combination of Telenors world-class experiences as a telecommunication and satellite service provider and ARINCs position and reputation as an aeronautical communication systems provider.

The service is available only on AeroMobile equipped Emirate aircrafts , under the standard international roaming terms. Passengers must not use their mobile phones unless they are on an AeroMobile equipped aircraft.

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