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Vistara said it would be the first airline to provide in-flight Wi-Fi in India. (iStock)
Vistara said it would be the first airline to provide in-flight Wi-Fi in India. (iStock)

Airlines to provide in-flight Wi-Fi services soon

  • The government has issued a official notification allowing airlines to provide W-Fi on board
  • All devices like phones and laptops would still need to be on flight mode

NEW DELHI : Airlines operating in India will soon provide in-flight Wi-Fi services to passengers after the government issued an official notification.

"The Pilot-in-Command may permit the access of Internet services by passengers on board an aircraft in flight, through Wi-Fi on board, when laptop, smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, e-reader or a point of sale device is used in flight mode or airplane mode," the government notification said.

While taking the delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 aircraft at Everett on last Friday, Vistara CEO Leslie Thng had told reporters that it would be the first plane in India to provide in-flight Wi-Fi services.

Once the new services are rolled out, passengers would be able to watch movies, chat with friends and family and do other basic web functions. However, the Wi-Fi services will not come for free as airlines have to spend a lot to install connectivity equipment.

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