British carrier bmi has joined the ranks of airlines offering online connectivity in flight. They’re fitting one of their planes, set to operate on the London – Moscow route, with a GSM relay system provided by OnAir. This seems to be the approach that most European carriers are going for in-flight connectivity.
They are limiting it to data/SMS only, which is nice as it means no conversations. The bad news is that most folks have annoying ring tones set for their SMS notification, so that could be a problem. It will also allow for GPRS data connections for folks who have their laptops configured to operate that way.
I’m always a fan of more in-flight connectivity, as long as it is silent. Here’s hoping this one works and can be priced affordably.
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