Passengers on US discount airline JetBlue will be able to make in-flight VoIP calls by 2012.
The company has announced that telecommunications firm ViaSat Inc will deliver satellite broadband and TV services across its 160-strong fleet of aircraft.
JetBlue must test the technology and get permission from the Federal Aviation Administration before the system can be rolled out.
Following its installation, customers with Wi-Fi enabled phones and computers could access VoIP services while in the air.
David Barger, JetBlue chief executive, claimed the new technology has been created to support increased demand for bandwidth.
He said: “Rather than invest in current technology, designed to transmit broadcast video and audio, we elected to partner with ViaSat to create broadband functionality worthy of today’s interactive personal technology needs.”
AirTran Airways and Virgin America already have Wi-Fi on their planes, while Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines are also planning to deploy internet services.
Here at Kiwi VoIP we would hope that Air New Zealand will consider this type of service to there customers soon.