OnAir said its equipment will be retrospectively fitted on Shenzhen's existing aircraft and line-fitted on new aircraft. The service is aimed at passengers with smart phones or basic handsets.
The deal with Shenzhen is the third such agreement OnAir has secured that covers an airline's whole fleet, following a pact signed last summer with low-cost carrier Ryanair and an agreement in June this year with AirAsia. Theis due to go live by the end of this year, according to an OnAir spokesman, and the AirAsia service is slated to launch in early 2009.
OnAir's service is also being tested by Air France, the UK's BMI and TAP Portugal on a single aircraft in each airline's fleet.
"China is a significant and fast-growing aviation market, and we are proud to be able to deliver our innovative services that will provide increased levels of passenger services and additional revenues," Benoit Debains, chief executive of OnAir--which is a joint venture between aircraft manufacturer Airbus and airline industry IT body SITA--said in a statement.
Shenzhen Airlines operates more than 130 routes within China and to Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam. It carried more than 7 million passengers in 2006.
OnAir's onboard equipment incorporates technology from, with .
Natasha Lomas of Silicon.com reported from London.