Airline passengers flying with Virgin Atlantic from Gatwick will be able to make phone calls on board from May.
It is the first time calls have been allowed on outbound journeys from a major British airport.
As well as making calls, holidaymakers will be able to text and email on their way to destinations such as the US, Caribbean, Dubai, Australia and Africa.
The service will be provided on all Virgin flights from Gatwick.
Until now, the service was only available on a few business flights from London City airport.
It will be available once a special system has been installed to support the phones.
According to the Mirror, rival airline Emirates, which is based in Dubai, has allowed voice calls on some routes since 2008.