NONTHABURI, THAILAND: The first flight to use Thaicom’s new satellite-based In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) service in Asia-Pacific took off from Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport today. The service, which uses Ku-band and is now fully operational, provides broadband on commercial flights for Thailand’s number one premium low cost airline, Nok Air.
Journalists and regular passengers on board Nok Air flight DD7510 from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport to Phuket, Thailand, had the opportunity to be the first to use the service and access the Internet while airborne.
Suphajee Suthumpun, chairman of the Executive Committee and CEO, Thaicom Public Co. Ltd, said: “Today’s in-flight connectivity service launch is testimony to our continued efforts to provide innovative services that offer real-life benefits to many people and enhance the quality of life of many in Thailand and Asia. We are excited to be working with Nok Air to help increase its customer experience by providing such a milestone service for the satcom industry.”
Thaicom is now enabling Nok Air’s passengers to receive broadband Internet via Wi-Fi and satellite, giving them access for web browsing, sending and receiving emails, using social media and reading the news. The agreement with Nok Air is initially for six aircraft, with a plan to expand the service to the whole fleet of 22 aircraft within three years.
With 48,000 flights per year, six million Nok Air passengers could benefit from the newly launched, value-added service, which is capable of delivering 3G-like speed for a superior broadband experience.