GTE AIRFONE TO INSTALL ITS SEATFONE SYSTEM ON UNITED AIRLINES' WIDEBODY AIRCRAFT
GTE AIRFONE TO INSTALL ITS SEATFONE SYSTEM
ON UNITED AIRLINES' WIDEBODY AIRCRAFT
OAK BROOK, Ill., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time, airline passengers will have telephones at their fingertips on widebody aircraft in the United States. GTE Airfone announced today that it has begun installing its Seatfone(A) system -- more than 7,800 telephones -- on United Airlines' 767s (11 aircraft) and DC-10s (46), to be complete by year-end.
"We've offered our Seatfone service since 1987," says Robert C. Calafell, GTE Airfone president, "and it has proven popular with flying passengers who want the convenience of a telephone within easy reach. We're delighted that United has decided to expand the service to its widebody fleet."
On the widebody aircraft, which have between 200 and 300 seats, the Seatfone service telephones will be installed in the center-arm console for first-class customers and in the seatback of three-to-four seats per row for coach customers.
"Having the ability to make calls onboard aircraft has become a requirement of our customers," says Adam Aron, United Airlines senior vice president-marketing. "Staying in touch with our businesses and families is a routine part of our lives, and the Seatfone system provides the convenience and call quality to accomplish that need. Our Seatfone system expansion is just another step in our goal of offering the highest level of quality services to our customers."
The GTE Airfone service is available on more than 1,600 aircraft operated by 12 U.S.-based airline companies and one foreign-based airline carrier. Rates for domestic calls are $2 per minute and a $2 set-up fee; international calls are billed at $4 per minute plus a $4 set-up fee. Callers activate the Seatfone system by inserting a credit card or telephone calling card into the unit. The system accepts most major credit cards and telephone calling cards.
United Airlines, the primary subsidiary of UAL Corp., provides passenger and cargo air transportation to 167 cities worldwide. United is one of the free world's two largest passenger airlines, and is the world's largest non-freighter cargo carrier. Each day, United offers more than 2,000 departures and carries more than 155,000 passengers. United has major hub operations in Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Washington, Tokyo and London.
GTE Airfone, based here, is part of the GTE Telecommunications Products and Services Group. The group also consists of GTE Government Systems, GTE Information Services, GTE Mobile Communications (cellular service) and GTE Spacenet (satellite communications). GTE Railfone, a wholly owned subsidiary of GTE Airfone, provides public telephone access on major Amtrak routes on the East and West coasts through a joint venture with the National Railroad Passenger Corp.
GTE subsidiaries operate in 48 states and 41 countries, with combined revenues and sales of $21.4 billion and net income of $1.7 billion in 1990.
/CONTACT: Dorea Akers of GTE, 203-965-3188, or after 6 p.m.: 203-968-2360/
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