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Ryanair to move to new in-flight communications partner

30-Mar-2010 11:15 AM

Ryanair confirmed (29-Mar-2010) that OnAir, Ryanair’s in-flight phone service provider, has notified the LCC of its intention to terminate the contract (the company exercised its right to terminate the agreement at the end of the 13 month proving period). Ryanair, which stated it was "pleased" with the performance of the OnAir system and had notified OnAir of its wish to roll the service out across the entire Ryanair fleet, stated it will now invite other in-flight communications providers to tender for access to Ryanair’s 73 million annual passengers. OnAir, which currently provides its service on 50 of Ryanair's aircraft, commented that the two companies "did not reach a mutual agreement" on the process and timing leading to the full deployment of the system across the carrier's fleet. OnAir added that it would be announcing "very shortly" new agreements with other carriers for both short range and long range aircraft, as well as strategic partnerships with major mobile phone operators to enter new markets. [more - Ryanair] [more - OnAir]

Ryanair: “Ryanair regrets that OnAir were unwilling to commit to roll out its in-flight phone service to all Ryanair’s 230 plus aircraft fleet. As a result, OnAir has decided to terminate its contract after a successful 13 month proving period of service operation. We wish to thank OnAir for their help and support with this programme to date and wish them well for the future,” Stephen McNamara, spokesperson. Source: Company Statement, 29-Mar-2010.