Airlines to provide in-flight Wi-Fi services


GUWAHATI: Good news for flyers as the government has finally allowed in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity.

As per the aircraft rules published on February 29, passengers on a flight after permission by the Pilot-in-Command can avail in-flight Wi-Fi services on their smartphones, laptop and other electronic devices with airplane mode or flight mode.

The service will be available once the flight’s doors are closed and have taken off. The service in-flight shall be certified by the Director-General civil aviation.

The Wi-Fi services by Vistara are likely to be offered by March-end in some of its international flights.

Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Civil Aviation wrote on twitter, “Offering best service, make travel comfortable experience for all our passengers is our motto, several initiatives taken to accomplish this objective. Improving Infra, improving service to global benchmarks. Have been pursuing Wi-Fi on flights as we did in Rail.”

Vistara CEO Leslie Thng informed reporters that Boeing 787-9 aircraft would be the first plane to provide in-flight Wi-Fi services in India.