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OnAir Supports FCC Proposal: ‘There is Nothing to Fear From the use of Cell Phones During Flights’

December 12, 2013

GENEVA, December 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Ahead of today’s FCC meeting, OnAir supports the FCC’s proposal to revise outdated
rules by allowing airlines to permit passenger use of cell phones services during flights.
It paves the way for U.S. passengers to have the same inflight connectivity choices as
passengers everywhere else in the world.

“Over four and a half million passengers use OnAir inflight connectivity each year and
what is very striking is that there has not been one single complaint about disruption
caused by phone calls,” said Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir. “Mobile OnAir is available on
every continent apart from North America. People from all over the world, including
Americans, use it every day.”

Passengers typically use Mobile OnAir
[http://www.onair.aero/en/commercial-airlines-products-mobile-onair ], OnAir’s inflight
cell phone service, for data – largely email – to update Facebook and Twitter, and for
text messaging. Voice calls, which cost around $3-$4 per minute, account for slightly over
10% of total inflight usage and the average call length is under two minutes.

“Based on the factual evidence of six years of inflight cell phone usage around the
world, I can be absolutely clear that there is nothing to fear from the use of cell phones
during flights,” said Dawkins.

Mobile OnAir has flown with more than 25 airlines on hundreds of thousands of flights
across the world since 2007, with the full backing of over 100 national authorities.

OnAir’s airline customers include world-leading global airlines such as Aeroflot,
British Airways, Emirates, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.
Mobile OnAir is currently on around 16,000 flights a month and 380,000 passengers connect
to OnAir each month.

“Since the FCC first announced its plan to change the rules, lots of people in the US
have made it clear they think voice calls shouldn’t be allowed on aircraft, including some
politicians seeking to impose a draconian ban on inflight calls. We will of course oppose
such legislation, based on the facts of six years’ experience,” continued Dawkins.
“However, we do understand the concerns: we had exactly the same thoughts when we began
developing the service ten years ago. That is why we included a feature that allows the
cabin crew and pilots to turn off the voice element, for example during quiet times such
as the plane’s night or during safety announcements.”

Positive action by the FCC would clear the technical telecoms hurdles to give airlines
the option of installing cellular inflight connectivity systems. Airlines would decide
whether to offer voice services, along with email, data, and text; they are in control of
what services they offer their passengers. For the first time, U.S. airlines would be able
to offer cellular services, as their international competitors have been doing for six
years.

About OnAir

OnAir sets the benchmark for global inflight connectivity solutions, with over 60
customers on five continents. We are the only provider to offer consistent global
coverage, specifically designed for mobility, for both inflight cellular and Wi-Fi
services, thanks to regulatory approvals from over 100 countries and more than 350 roaming
agreements.

OnAir’s products enable passengers to use their own mobile phones, smartphones,
tablets and laptops in exactly the same way as they do on the ground, either through the
onboard cellular network or the onboard Wi-Fi hotspot. OnAir also provides on-demand
entertainment content, such as music, videos, newspapers and magazines. The products are
available as linefit or retrofit for all commercial aircraft, as well as government, VIP
and business jets. OnAir products operate over all satellite links.

OnAir was incorporated in February 2005 and is owned by SITA, the leading IT solutions
provider to the air transport world. OnAir is a member of the GSM Association and an
Inmarsat Distribution Partner for both SBB and GX Aviation services.

More information about OnAir

        - Visit our Website [http://www.onair.aero ]
        - Follow OnAir on LinkedIn
          [http://www.linkedin.com/company/31879?goback=%2Efcs_GLHD_onair+_false_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2&trk=ncsrch_hits ]
        - Watch OnAir on YouTube [http://www.youtube.com/user/MobileOnAir ]

For media enquiries and further comment, please contact: Aurelie Branchereau-Giles,
Tel: +41-78-676-15-46, E-mail: aurelie.branchereau@onair.aero

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