On some Virgin Atlantic planes, you’ll be able to phone home from 35,000 feet in the air.

The airline has announced that it will become the first British airline to provide passengers the capability to make and receive phone calls during flights. Passengers also will be able to send and receive text messages, emails and have web access via GPRS.

The new service will be available in all cabins of the airline’s new Airbus A330-300 aircraft and refitted Boeing 747s.

By the end of 2012, the system will be available on nearly 20 Virgin Atlantic aircraft.

There will be some restrictions, however: Passengers can’t use the service during take-off or landing or within about 250 miles from U.S. airspace.

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