Scandinavian Airlines: Mobile in Flight-Safe Mode May be Used During Flight

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, April 23, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Scandinavian Airlines (Other OTC:SASDF) will be the first airline to allow the use of some mobile phone functions during flight. In the so-called flight-safe mode, the mobile phone is switched on without sending or receiving signals and won't therefore affect flight security.

It is the latest mobile phones, such as the Sony Ericsson P800, which have this flight-safe mode. With this, the traveler on board a SAS flight can use a mobile phone to update his or her diary, write e-mail and take notes, edit documents, play games, listen to music and even take photos with a built-in camera - everything except make a phone call.

SAS passengers who have mobile phones equipped with the flight-safe mode can use them as work tools or for entertainment onboard, effective immediately.

"The objective is to meet the demand of customers to be able to work and communicate while traveling on land or in the air," said Ulf Ingnas, head of Product Management In-flight, Scandinavian Airlines.

Travelers onboard Scandinavian Airlines can already use other electronic products that do not transmit or receive signals, such as portable PCs, PDAs, DVD/CD cassette players, electronic games and calculators.

Scandinavian Airlines plans to become the first airline in 2004 to offer Internet connection on board intercontinental flights.

"Our home market is the world's most IT-dense region, so it is completely natural that we want to offer travelers the opportunity to use electronic gadgets whenever possible," said Ingnas. "This is the reason we have an ongoing dialog with telecommunications producers."

Photo of a mobile phone user onboard can be seen at under the About SAS/ Picture archive/ In the air.

For further information, please contact:
 Ulf Ingnas, Product Management In-flight, Scandinavian Airlines
 tel. +46 (0) 8 797 17 08

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