Panasonic rings in inflight telephony with AT&T deal


Telecommunications company, AT&T, has added access to Panasonic Avionics’ in-flight mobile phone service (through its Aeromobile subsidiary) to its lead travel product. Now passengers that have opted for an AT&T International Day Pass (IDP) can use their mobile devices on aircraft equipped with Panasonic Avionics mobile solutions for the same daily fee as they would be charged in any other IDP destination.

The IDP enabled passengers to connect to the Aeromobile service and enjoy high-speed data, calls  and texting as they do on their plans at home, for US$10 per day. Additional lines used on the same day incur a $5 daily fee.

Panasonic Avionics says that this deal follows an increase in data consumption across in-flight mobile network in 2022, compared to pre-pandemic levels. As air travel continues to recover, mobile network operators around the globe such as AT&T are creating retail propositions intended to drive in-flight roaming usage and adoption.

“We have seen mobile network operators around the globe – especially the Middle East, Europe, and Asia – launch compelling in-flight retail offers, and we’re excited that operators in the US are now embracing the overseas in-flight connectivity market,” stated John Wade, VP of in-flight connectivity at Panasonic Avionics.

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