Increased demand for onboard mobile services has contributed to a surge in usage for Etihad Airways. 2.6 million devices connected to the airline’s onboard mobile network in 2014.
Etihad Airways’ Live TV service has a viewership of 50,000 hours
of live news and sporting events each month.
Inflight texts and mobile phone calls increased by 62 per cent and 61 per cent respectively, compared to the same period in 2013 according to the carrier. iOS was the most popular operating system onboard, with 55 per cent of the airline’s guests connecting to the Internet with their iPads and iPhones, while 30 per cent used devices running on Android’s operating system. Etihad Airways’ Live TV service has a viewership of 50,000 hours of live news and sporting events each month. “When people travel, they want to stay connected with their work, their friends and their family. They also want to be kept up-to-date with 24 hour world news services. This is now possible for the entire journey on an Etihad Airways flight,” said Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer. The services comprising Wi-Fi, mobile connectivity and live television, is powered by the Panasonic Avionics Global Communications Suite, and OnAir’s inflight connectivity solution.