Passengers on many of the world?s leading airlines will soon be able to send email messages anywhere in the world from the comfort of their seats.
The email facility, which could be available by autumn next year, is the latest addition to BT?s advanced Alis in-flight interactive entertainment, information and communication service. Passengers will be able to email around seven lines of text from a screen on the back of their seats. It is expected to cost around #3 per email, although it will be up to the airline to pitch exact charges.
?We are confident that customers will find the Alis IP email an exciting and valuable service," commented Alam Gill, head of BT Aeronautical. ?It enables airline passengers to connect to the world.",p> BT?s Alis service is delivered via its Skyphone satellite network, so it is not dependent on the arrival of aeronautical high speed data transfer.
Internet connection on aeroplanes will not be too far away for all travellers, maintains BT. The development is currently awaiting international agreement on the provision of satellite capacity.
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