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Ryanair to allow mobiles on flights

Passengers will be able to make calls in the air

A plane in the sky

No-fills airline Ryanair has announced plans to allow passengers to use their mobile phones during flights.

The airline has completed a deal with communications company OnAir to enable mobile communications on all Ryanair’s Boeing 737 aircraft.

This means that, subject to regulatory approval, passengers will be able to use a mobile and hand-held devices such as the Blackberry, starting from the middle of next year.

They will be able to call, text and e-mail using their mobile phones at rates which will mirror international roaming charges.

‘Reduce costs’

All of Ryanair’s fleet of more than 200 aircraft should be equipped to offer the mobile service during 2008.

Ryanair’s chief executive Michael O’Leary said: ‘The revenues generated by on-board mobile telephony will reduce our costs and help us to keep offering the lowest fares in Europe.’

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