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Tuesday
Oct052010

Airline to Make Cell Phone Calls Possible on Flights

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Singapore Airlines announced Tuesday it will soon allow wireless connections for text messages, Blackberrys and perhaps cell phone calls on its medium and long-haul flights.

The move comes as the airline announces a multi-million-dollar collaboration with in-flight connectivity provider OnAir to offer Wi-Fi Internet access and other services on its flights.

Details are still being worked out, but when the airline implements the system early next year, it could be the first carrier to allow passengers to make and receive voice calls on their personal cell phones. The airline is waiting to see how customers respond to the idea.

No word yet on how much, if at all, the airline plans to charge passengers to make calls.

Singapore Airlines flies some of the world's longest flights, including an 18-and-a-half-hour flight from Newark Liberty International Airport outside New York to Singapore. That all-business class, 10,371-mile flight is the longest commercial trip in the world. The 100-seat plane is used mainly by corporate travelers.

A Singapore Airlines spokesman said the system will be installed on 43 aircrafts, a little less than half of the airline's fleet.

Cell phone use on airplanes is prohibited in the United States by federal regulations. The airline said the system would be configured to comply with those rules and guidelines.

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