Singapore Airlines' flights from Newark (EWR) and Los Angeles (LAX) to Singapore are included in the airline's new In-Flight Connectivity program.
The new program, which went 'officially' live September 6, provides Internet and mobile data services to travelers while flying at 35,000 feet.
This means that the airline's passengers can now surf the net, send and receive e-mails on smartphones and other electronic devices like tablets or laptops, and send and receive SMS text messages with GSM-compatible mobile phones.
Singapore Airlines is tooting its horn that In-Flight Connectivity, which had a soft launch on a limited number of aircraft earlier, is now available on 14 aircraft in its fleet.
The program is also available on all five Airbus A340-500s that are deployed on the world's longest non-stop flights, between Singapore and both Newark and Los Angeles.
However, the mobile data and text services are not available on the airline's Airbus A380 aircraft.
Singapore Airlines has also extended the In-Flight Connectivity program to more markets including Australia.
The airline has partnered with connectivity provider OnAir for the technology to progressively roll out the In-Flight Connectivity services across all of SIA's long-haul Airbus A380-800, A340-500 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft over the next couple of years.
Pricing for New Services
Singapore Airlines is offering promotional prices for the new services for a limited time.
Pricing is set at $25 for 30MB data and $10 for 10MB of data until November 30, 2012.
Prior plans were $29.95 for 26MB and $11.95 for 10MB.
There's a also a promotion to let SingTel Mobile subscribers enjoy discounted roaming rates of up to 40% for in-flight text messaging and GPRS data services, as well as up to 20% for incoming and outgoing voice calls.
The joint promotion with SingTel ends March 31, 2013
Singapore Airlines said it'd invest more to keep passengers connected and entertained.
The airline promised to roll out the next generation of in-flight entertainment offerings with the latest hardware systems with new screen and handset technologies besides more audio and video content to travelers.
Expect the airline to disclose details in the coming weeks.