The Middle East is playing a lead role in the drive to make satellite-based inflight Internet and phone service available to airline passengers—a trend that is likely to mushroom following Lufthansa’s recent decision to opt for onboard broadband. Next month, Oman Air will become the first airline to introduce Internet OnAir, a new service offered by Sita-Airbus joint venture OnAir that relies on Inmarsat’s 492-Kbps. L-band Swiftbroadband satellite network. The first of seven Airbus A330 ...

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