Budget carrier Ryanair has announced it is to allow passengers to use their mobile phones on a selection of aircraft.
In a news release, the low-fare airline stated that some 20 of its planes – most of which are based in Dublin, have been fitted with the OnAir in-flight mobile system.
While prices are set by individual mobile service providers, voice calls range in price from an average of two to three euros per minute.
Passengers on these select flights will also be able to send text messages from the air at international roaming rates and those with smartphones will also be able to send and receive emails from their handsets.
“Mobile OnAir is the most advanced in-flight communications service in the world and this European fleet-wide rollout marks a real milestone in aviation,” said OnAir chief executive officer Benoit Debains.
The airline intends to make the service available to its entire fleet within the next year and a half.
Ryanair anticipates that it will carry a total of 58 million passengers by the end of the current year.