Cathay Pacific, the flag carrier of Hong Kong, is planning to launch the new facilities on its aircrafts. It will provide internet broadband service, a mobile telephone network and even televisions that would broadcast live shows.
The airline has entered a deal with Panasonic Avionics, a broadband system that will have speeds of up to 50 megabytes on its aircrafts by 2012.
The system will be accessible through all passenger devices and seat-back screens and will include a range of content updated during the flight, plus live television with a pay per view capability for special events.
“We believe that being connected is now an expected part of everyday life, not just for business purposes but also to stay in touch with family and friends," said Alex McGowan, head of product for Cathay Pacific.
“This system will allow passengers to be as 'in touch" as they wish to be while enjoying the service," he added.
Any how the facilities will not free. The company will announce the prices when the system is ready to roll out. Several other airlines also plan to provide these facilities.