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Chinese Airlines Applying to Allow In-Flight Phone Calls

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Three of China's main airlines has all said that they are looking to provide in flight mobile phone calls, as soon as they can get regulatory permission. Air China, China Southern and China Eastern yesterday said they have signed agreements with telecom operators to develop software for the service while submitting a proposal to the country's aviation and telecom authorities.

If allowed, an in-flight call is expected to cost around 15 yuan per minute, the Oriental Morning Post reported.

Currently, passengers are required to switch off their mobile phones during flights due to flight safety concerns.

Shenzhen Airlines ran trials of in-flight services with OnAir in 2007, but its regulatory application was rejected.

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