After a gestation period longer than that of the African bush elephant (22 months since you ask), mobile phones are now starting to appear in increasing numbers on numerous airlines around the world. The US domestic carriers have led the way thanks to the widespread availability of ground transmitters that can patch calls from aircraft into the national telecommunications network. Outside of the US, particularly for trans-oceanic flights, things start to get a little more complicated as satellites are required and satellite time is not cheap. However companies like Aeromobile have been chipping away at the technical and commercial hurdles and finally appear to be making serious headway, first with launch customer Emirates and then with a string of follow on customers. In the latest PME Interview, Steve Harvey meets the President & CEO of Aeromobile, Pal Bjordal.

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