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Fulfilling a yen to keep in touch while airborne

Although commercial-airline ads make lavish promises, "frequent flyers," as harried business passengers are called, know that three things are rare in the air: an on-time takeoff, a good meal and the use of a telephone. While the airlines work on promptness, the third problem will soon be remedied. Next month several American Airlines and TWA flights will begin carrying telephones for passenger use.

For years businessmen and women have yearned to keep in touch while airborne. In 1980 the FCC awarded an experimental developmental license to Oak Brook, Ill.-based Airfone, Inc., partially owned by...

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