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Call, receive calls from onboard an aircraft

May 21, 2009 03:41 PM IST Business Business

New Delhi: By September you will now be able to use mobile phones during air travel. Chennai-based Paramount Airlines is in talks with SATCOMM to give passengers connectivity while they are flying. This means you can make and receive calls while you are onboard. This new service is useful if you are taking a three-and-a-half-hour flight from say Chennai to New Delhi. “If you have a mobile phone and you bring it onboard then you will have seamless connectivity and you would be able to make and receive calls through your mobile phone. The billing will be done through the mobile service provider to you,” MD, Paramount Airways, M Thiagarajan said. Popular in the West, this service was first started by Dubai-based Emirates last year. Now in India this service will be enabled by a 50-kg device that will be placed on the aircraft enabling it to act like a tower to transmit calls. And all this will come at no extra cost. All you need is roaming facility on your mobile to talk as long as you want to. The airline is expected to get clearance from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation by September.