Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Emirates notes decade of inflight mobile phone calling

In March of 2008, Emirates became the first airline in the world to allow passengers to make and receive calls, as well as send SMS messages from their own mobile phones.

The inaugural phone call was made on March 20, 2008 on Emirates flight 751 from Dubai to Casablanca. Since then more than 2.8 million calls have been made, 60% of which were made from the aircraft, while more than one million calls were answered by passengers traveling on Emirates.

The longest call recorded was on a flight from Orlando to Dubai on February 5, 2018 lasting 3 hours and 50 minutes. Over the last 10 years, 87 million SMS messages have also been sent or received.

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