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Mobile phone calls possible on board aircrafts from Gatwick airport

Virgin Atlantic has announced it will be investing more than £50 million into a refurbishment of its Gatwick fleet of aircraft, which will result in allowing mobile phones to be used on board and in the air.

This news is the first step in a £100 million product investment which will also see a complete interior retrofit of each of Virgin Atlantic’s 747-400 aircraft operating out of Gatwick, to destinations such as Orlando, the Caribbean and Las Vegas.

These aircraft will also be fitted with the ‘eXPhone’ system by Panasonic, which allows for passengers to make use of their mobile phones whilst on board for voice, text and email services.

This technology has reportedly only previously been available on a limited number of business flights, from London City Airport.

Steve Griffiths, Chief Operating Officer, commented: ‘Virgin Atlantic continues to offer passengers the best experience and we are sure that our passengers travelling from Gatwick will enjoy our newly fitted aircraft. We are looking forward to seeing how customers like our new system.’

Virgin Atlantic’s newly fitted Boeing 747-400 aircraft will join their brand new Airbus A330 aircraft, operating from both Gatwick and Manchester.

Originally published at OneMobileRing.com

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.