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Starting with 28 planes, belonging to Japanese air carrier ANA, Swift Broadband wifi will be available on international routes from mid 2013. The Swift Broadband service is being provided by Inmarsat distribution partner OnAir, which is also providing inflight connectivity for Cebu Pacific Air, the Philippines' largest flag carrier and the first long-haul LCC in South East Asia. Starting with its Airbus A330 fleet the airline also has the option to install wifi on its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft for short haul flights. Once in service, passengers will be able to access the internet and make calls using Voice over IP applications via wifi enabled devices including: Android phones, tablets, iPhone ®, iPad®, Blackberry® and laptops.
www.ana.co.jp In addition, Singapore Airlines has decided to add wifi and GSM passenger connectivity on its long-haul fleets. SBTV, from Inmarsat, enables airlines to provide real-time and updated on-demand entertainment content. News, sports and other video content is transmitted to the aircraft over the SwiftBroadband network and then distributed wirelessly to passengers' own devices, which can include smartphones, laptops, tablets and other personal media players.