Virgin Atlantic is set to become the first UK airline to allow passengers to make mobile calls, send text messages and access their emails in-flight.
The carrier will introduce the service on transatlantic flights between London and New York that are operated using its new Airbus A330 aircraft.
Passengers will pay £1 a minute to make calls from the plane, while sending a text will cost 20p.
However, only ten people will be permitted to use the service at a time due to limited bandwidth.
They will also not be allowed to use their mobile phone during takeoff and landing and the service will be switched off when the plane comes within 250 miles of the US border due to laws in the nation.
Virgin is rolling out its A330s to its fleet over the next two years, with other features of the new planes including a revolutionary new touch screen entertainment system with over 300 hours of content.