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2nd Aug 2005, 04:42
Qantas Airways has extended its policy on the use of mobile phones to all of its international services, including New Zealand domestic operations and Australian Airlines services.

The policy, which was introduced for Australian domestic services in June, allows mobile phones to be used once an aircraft has landed and vacated the runway. An announcement by cabin crew after landing will inform customers when they are allowed to use their mobile phones.

Qantas Executive General Manager, John Borghetti said Qantas was pleased to be able to extend the policy to its international services.

“We have had positive feedback from our Australian domestic customers – in particular business travellers, who have welcomed the ability to access messages and use their phones for calls at an earlier stage of arrival,” Mr Borghetti said.

Under the new policy, flight mode capable mobile phones and personal digital assistances like Blackberrys and Palm Pilots will now be able to be used after the seat belt sign has been turned off after take-off until the aircraft begins its descent, however the flight mode must be activated before turning off the device.

Mr Borghetti said customers could continue to use mobile phones on aerobridges on both departure and arrival.

“It is important to note, however, that most electronic equipment must still remain switched off during both take-off and landing,” he said.

Electronic equipment including laptops, personal music and electronic games devices can be used when the seat belt sign is extinguished after take off and until the top of descent.

Qantas has said the new arrangements meet the standards set by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in Australia and New Zealand 's Civil Aviation Authority.

2nd Aug 2005, 11:58
When you posted this article, from its title, I thought that Qantas must be putting fuel cells on its aircraft, but instead found you were talking about MOBILE TELEPHONES.

I hear that Americans call MOBILE TELEPHONES cellular phones, but in Australia we like to call them by the more appropriate MOBILE TELEPHONE - cellular referred to analogue technology.


Using mobile telephones on aircraft - great to hear that an airline is meeting it's customers needs rather than wives tales about RFI from mobile telephones effecting aircraft systems.

Ten points to QF for this one

3rd Aug 2005, 01:54
Do you really want to listen to other peoples conversations (well half of them) in the air whilst you're trying to talk to your girlfriend?