Tuesday, March 21, 2017

AI may offer free Wi-Fi on domestic flights

You might be able to send emails as you fly within the country by July.
Air India is planning to have Wi-Fi on board its Airbus A-320 planes that are the mainstay of its domestic operations. Once this happens, other Indian airlines may follow suit.
"We are working on having Wi-Fi on our planes. We have issued expression of interest and will take the aircraft manufacturer's nod to install Wi-Fi equipment. Though giving an exact date is difficult, we are aiming to start this by June or July," AI chief Ashwani Lohani said.
AI did not specify how much data and what speed it is looking at.
Since the connection is likely to be free, it may start with a basic pack for free and later move on to paid data packs. The free basic pack will allow receiving and sending mails and checking WhatsApp.
Depending on passenger feedback, AI may go in for bigger paid data packs. Leading international airlines that offer on board Wi-Fi have been following this model.
21/03/17 Saurabh Sinha/The Times Of India