KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Bhd is adding in-flight calls and data access to its range of services with an initial investment of US$1.8mil to equip the systems in six aircraft this year.
AirAsia non-executive chairman Datuk Abdul Aziz Abu Bakar said the airline had equipped four of its 96 fleet of A320 with GSM onboard system and was looking to install it on two other aircraft before the year-end.
We are at a trial stage now and we plan to expand the service to more aircraft, going forward, he said after the launch of the Maxis' in-flight roaming service yesterday.
Abdul Aziz said the service was expected to boost the carrier's ancillary income, which contributed about 15% of its total sales now.
The in-flight roaming service is with partnership with Maxis Bhd and in-flight connectivity provider, OnAir.
It will enable Maxis customers flying with AirAsia from Kuala Lumpur Low-Cost Carrier Terminal to stay connected while en route to their overseas destinations.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported AirAsia Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes as saying in Singapore that the company planned to hold an initial share sale for its Thai affiliate by the middle of next year.