Emirates celebrates 10 years since the first in-flight telephone call

On 20 March 2018, Emirates celebrated 10 years after the first in-flight telephone call. World leader in flight innovations, Emirates entered history in March 2008. It was the first airline in the world with telecommunication service in its aircraft.

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Since March 2008, passengers on Emirates flights have been able to use their phones to make or receive phone calls, but also to send SMSs.

10 years since the first in-flight telephone call

The inaugural telephone call was operated on 20 March 2008, on the flight EK751 (Dubai - Casablanca). To date, over 2.8 million calls have been made. Over 60% of calls were made from Emirates aircraft, while the difference of about 40% meant calls received by passengers on Emirates flights.

The longest phone call was recorded on 5 February 2018, on the Orlando - Dubai route, and lasted 3 hours and 50 minutes. During these 10 years, Emirates passengers sent or received over 85 millions of text messages.

Emirates also has a history of entertainment on board its aircraft. It was the first airline in the world to mount TV screens on each seat, a service available since 1992.

Emirates continues to invest in providing LIVE connectivity and TV services to its customers. Over 70% of the Emirates fleet offers LIVE TV, including on all Boeing 777-200LR and 777-300ER aircraft.

Wi-Fi connectivity is available on 98% of the fleet, including all A380, 777-300ER and 777-200LR models. Customers in all classes receive FREE 20MB data over Wi-Fi, and nearly one million passengers connect each month in flight.

After exceeding the threshold of 20MB, it is paid. Non-Emirates Skywards members pay between 9.99 € and 15.99 € for 150MB-500MB.

Emirates Skywards members have many facilities depending on the card they hold and the class they fly.

Cabin class Emirates Skywards tier Plan options
First Class, Business Class Blue, Silver, Gold, Platinum Unlimited free Wi-Fi throughout the flight
Economy Class Gold, Platinum Unlimited free Wi-Fi throughout the flight
Economy Class Silver Up to 150MB of data, for USD 4.99
Up to 500MB of data, for USD 7.99
Economy Class Blue Up to 150MB of data, for USD 6.99
Up to 500MB of data, for USD 10.99

It is well known that the internet does not go the same way in all the countries in transit. Plus, if you don't abuse streaming video or sending photos, the internet is actually moving satisfactorily.

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