Air New Zealand Extends Inflight Connectivity On Domestic Routes

Aircraft Interiors Expo, Hamburg, April 6, 2011 — Air New Zealand passengers will soon be able to keep in touch on more domestic flights, with the expansion of its inflight connectivity service to an additional two aircraft.

The OnAir inflight mobile phone services means passengers onboard the domestic A320 aircraft can use their mobile phones, for calls, text messaging, email and mobile data, with the service operated via satellite.

The first of Air New Zealand’s new domestic A320 fleet,, which features an exclusive black “Crazy about Rugby” livery, was the first aircraft in the country to be equipped with OnAir services in February 2011.

Two aircraft are currently offering the service on selected domestic routes, with the additional two being deployed by the end of this year. This makes Air New Zealand the first Pacific airline to roll out the services on a permanent basis.

Air New Zealand’s General Manager Airline Operations Captain David Morgan says this new technology underlines the airline’s commitment to provide its customers with innovative solutions to meet their needs.

“Feedback from our customers shows they value being able to stay in touch with work colleagues, friends and family while they are in the air,” says Captain Morgan.

“This new inflight technology, which uses an aircraft-based cell site and Inmarsat satellites, will mean our customers onboard our new domestic A320 aircraft will be able to safely use their mobile to stay in touch by text, phone call and email.”

“The decision of Air New Zealand to expand our services to two additional domestic aircraft is significant. It shows there is a demand from passengers to be able to make and receive calls, send sms, and check emails in the plane. The agreement also reinforces OnAir’s position on all continents by expanding into the Pacific region but also sends another strong signal to the industry that inflight passenger communications has come of age – and is a must-have for airlines looking to remain competitive in the future,” said Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir.

December 13, 2010 — Inflight Productions is pleased to announce their exciting collaboration with YouTube to provide passenger-generated content onboard.

A first in the inflight entertainment industry, the service will initially launch exclusively on Air New Zealand’s B777-300 fleet in December 2010. Air New Zealand will have a dedicated website, designed and managed by Inflight Productions and powered by YouTube, that will allow anyone to upload, watch and share videos. Up to 100 videos will be chosen by Inflight Productions and Air New Zealand each week to feature onboard as part of the Airline’s inflight entertainment programme.

The aim is to enrich the passenger experience by creating a service that is inline with today’s media and social networking trends as well as enhancing Air New Zealand’s already award-winning service.

Tony Taverner, Managing Director of Inflight Productions, said “We are delighted to be collaborating with YouTube in this world first IFE innovation.”