Vodafone Ireland has won a deal to provide telecoms, M2M and communications services to low-cost airline Ryanair.

The UK-based operator will support ticketing, check-in, ground crews, in-flight crews and pilots with telephony, fixed line and mobile 3G and 4G functionality across the airline’s 189 locations in Europe and North Africa.

The deal sees Vodafone introduce an electronic flight bag that will remove paper from the cockpit. The operator will also support on-board electronic point-of-sale devices used for in-flight credit card sales.

From April, Ryanair crew will be issued with 8,000 new handheld devices featuring M2M connectivity that will create a secure managed connection to sync data with credit card companies when the plane lands.

Ryanair’s CTO John Hurley commented: As part of our “Always Getting Better” improvement programme, we’re continuing to enhance the Ryanair experience for our 90 million customers annually.

“This partnership with Vodafone will provide us with the technical support to allow us to make these improvements quickly and seamlessly, including the introduction of paperless cockpits and a swifter inflight sales system.”

Financial details of the contract were not disclosed.

Vodafone did not break out the performance of its enterprise business in its most recent financial results, which saw group revenues increase 13.5 percent in the last three months of 2014 thanks to the inclusion of figures from Kabel Deutschland and Ono.

Vodafone Ireland Enterprise Director, Anne Sheehan, said: “This business partnership [with Ryanair] is one of the most significant for Vodafone Ireland to date, demonstrating our total communications capabilities by providing complete end-to-end solutions tailored to Ryanair’s requirements across 189 locations in Europe.”​

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