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Chinese airlines to allow mobile phone use and offer wifi

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This week, thirteen Chinese airlines announced that passengers could use mobile phones on their planes after a regulatory easing.

  • All the major Chinese airlines including Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, and Air China  will allow passengers to use mobile phones inflight.
  • Airplane mode must be used — to allow wifi but not cellular communication.
  • Today Airmedia, a Nasdaq-listed company, announced a deal to put a lot of wifi on a lot of China Eastern airplanes. It’s likely other Chinese airlines will follow suit.
  • In 2016, China Eastern became the first Chinese airline to offer inflight wifi, but initially only on international routes.
  • Now if only they could fix the food!

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Jeremy Goldkorn

Jeremy Goldkorn is co-founder of the Sinica Podcast and currently edits SupChina and its daily newsletter.