Phone calls on planesAir France first to allow mobiles

11 April 2006

A major European airline has been the first to announce that it will allow mobile phones to be used during flights.

Air France will incorporate special in-flight technology into the 100-seater Airbus A318, which is due to enter service in March 2007.

That will make it the first airline in the world to introduce the technology. Until now mobile phones have been banned on aircraft as they can disrupt navigation systems.

The service will mean passengers can make calls and send texts on their phone as well as access the internet, and receive and send emails on phones, laptops or other devices.