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Maxis subscribers can now surf on AirAsia

AvantiKumar | Oct. 7, 2010
In-flight calls and data access at cheaper rates to be also made available on AirAsia X flights.
KUALA LUMPUR, 7 OCTOBER 2010 -- Subscribers of communications provider Maxis can now make in-flight calls and access data at cheaper rates on AirAsia flights, as a result of a partnership, said the companies.

"Maxis' association with Bridge Alliance, the leading and largest alliance in the Asia Pacific, enables us to offer preferred data roaming rates to 11 operators in 10 countries. Maxis customers stand to save up to 90 per cent on costs while roaming through Bridge Alliance," said Maxis chief operating officer, Jean-Pascal van Overbeke.

"Maxis is also the only Malaysian mobile operator to offer daily data roaming plans to countries in the Middle East and the only Malaysian operator to offer exclusive preferential data roaming plans to its Blackberry users in 24 countries," said van Overbeke.

He said special in-flight roaming rates for Maxis users included RM11 (US$3.55) per minute for calls, RM2 (65 US cents) per SMS, and RM25 (US$8.07) per MB. "As an added enticement to use this service, randomly selected lucky Maxis users who switch on their mobile devices during their flight will receive an SMS that will entitle them to redeem a free drink onboard the flight."

"As a result of this new partnership, Maxis customers flying on AirAsia from Kuala Lumpur Low Cost Carrier Terminal would be able to stay connected with their friends, family and business colleagues en route to their overseas destinations using their own GSM mobile phones or smartphones," said van Overbeke.

 Next step - AirAsia X

This is another revolutionary service convenience in the region from AirAsia and echoes our commitment providing guests with the best services," said AirAsia X chief executive officer, Azran Osman-Rani.

"At this trial stage, AirAsia has equipped four out of its 96 fleet of A320 with the GSMOB (GSM onboard) system to selected Southeast Asian routes from the Low Cost Carrier Terminal," said Azran. "The installation of the GSMOB system has proven that it does not compromise the airworthiness of the aircraft at any stage of the flight as it has undergone a rigorous certification process by aviation authorities. AirAsia considers safety to be the most important aspect of its operations and is stringent about complying with the highest international standards and procedures."

"Moving forward, we are looking at introducing this great innovation to our long-haul flights, which are serviced by AirAsia X, he said.

OnAir is very pleased to be working with AirAsia in entering a high-potential market, said OnAir chief executive officer, Ian Dawkins, adding that OnAir provided the only air-travel industry sponsored solution for commercial airlines, private and corporate jets, Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and for long and short-haul flights.