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					     HAPAG-LLOYD EXTENDS ONAIR’S MOBILE PHONE
           SERVICE TO TWO FURTHER SHIPS


Geneva, 14 June 2011 – Hapag-Lloyd Cruises passengers can now
remain in touch in the most remote corners of the world, thanks to OnAir.
The luxury cruise operator is adding OnAir’s mobile phone services,
already deployed on MS EUROPA, to its two Expedition ships, MS
HANSEATIC and MS BREMEN.


OnAir’s satellite service allows passengers to use their own mobile
devices just as they do on dry land, for calls, text messages, email and
mobile data. Usage is billed by the passenger’s mobile operator, in the
same way international roaming, making it very simple to use.


Paul Goldbeck, Director IT of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said, “MS HANSEATIC
and MS BREMEN take passengers to the most remote parts of the world,
including the polar regions, the Amazon, and the South Seas. We are very
focused on providing excellent service and with some cruises lasting up to
a month, as we have seen from our experience with MS EUROPA, the
ability to stay in touch is crucial for our passengers.”


The OnAir service uses the ships’ existing satellite system, and the
relevant equipment can be installed during routine maintenance stops
between cruises. The technology has been designed to be scalable,
meaning it is simple to increase capacity to meet demand.


Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir, said, “We have been operating on MS
EUROPA for a year now, and it is a gratifying endorsement that Hapag-
Lloyd has decided to install our mobile phone services to two further ships.
We are all increasingly dependent on our phones and it shouldn’t be
surprising that cruise ship passengers want to keep in contact.”


OnAir’s technology was originally designed to meet the rigorous demands
of the air transport industry, meaning it is robust, reliable and safe. OnAir
currently has 36 customers, operating all over the world, including 11
airlines.

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About Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, a 100% subsidiary of TUI AG within their cruise ship division, is
today one of Germany’s foremost providers of premium, luxury and expedition cruises.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises offers four ships with their own unique character: MS EUROPA, the
fleet’s flagship, is the only cruise liner to have been awarded the coveted 5-star plus
distinction by the Berlitz Cruise Guide since its commissioning in 1999. MS HANSEATIC
and MS BREMEN, their exploration ships, are both designed for travel in polar-regions
and for destinations “off the beaten track”, such as Antarctica, the Arctic, the Northwest
Passage, the Amazon or South Sea Island Paradises. MS HANSEATIC is the only 5-star
exploration ship in the world, and MS BREMEN offers 4-star comfort. MS COLUMBUS is
a 3-stars plus ship. With the relaxed atmosphere and sporty dress code on board, the
COLUMBUS is the ideal ship for those embarking on their first cruise.

More information about Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is available at www.hl-cruises.com.

About OnAir
OnAir provides industry-leading, on-board connectivity solutions that enable passengers
to stay connected while they travel, and airlines and shipping lines to differentiate
themselves through offering distinct services to customers. Present aboard airlines on
five continents, OnAir provides the only air-travel industry sponsored solution for
commercial airlines, private and corporate jets, Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and for long
and short-haul flights. OnAir is the first provider of services based on SwiftBroadband, the
latest high-bandwidth satellite technology from Inmarsat, which offers GSM, Mobile Data
and Internet.

OnAir was incorporated in February 2005 and is owned by SITA, the leading IT solutions
provider to the air transport world and Airbus, the leading aircraft manufacturer. OnAir is a
member of the GSM Association and an Inmarsat Distribution Partner for SwiftBroadband
services.

Today OnAir has 36 customers, of which 20 are currently in service, including 11 airlines.
The company also has regulatory approvals from 74 countries and 335 roaming
agreements.

More information about OnAir is available at www.onair.aero

For further information:

Aurélie Branchereau-Giles
Head of PR and Communications
Tel: +41 (0)22 747 6360
E-mail: aurelie.branchereau@onair.aero

				
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