Russian carrier, Transaero Airlines, has announced the usage of its on-board internet and mobile communications system. Called Transaero Connect, the Ku-Band system is provided by Panasonic Avionics’ Global Communication Suite (on its Boeing 747 and Boeing 777 long-haul aircraft) and Row44 (on its Boeing737-700/800s).
In the first six months of 2014, Transaero passengers sent more than 1.5 million SMS text messages and made more than 24,500 calls. During the same period, the wi-fi connection traffic totalled 1,900Gb across the 31 Transaero aircraft which have satellite equipment installed, including nine Boeing 747-400s, five Boeing 777-300s, 11 Boeing 737-800s and four Boeing 737-700s, which are operated both on domestic and international routes. Internet access is also available on board two Boeing 737 Classic (Imperial and Business jets) that serve corporate charter flights.
The highest demand among passengers for mobile communication services was recorded on the Boeing 777-300 and Boeing 747-400 aircraft.