Sunday, September 09, 2018

In-flight services from October: Here’s what you may have to pay

New Delhi: Soon, it would be possible for Indian fliers to make calls and browse internet while flying as the Department of Telecom is set to allow in-flight connectivity (IFC) services from October. As per the existing rules, no person can use any electronic device which intentionally transmits radio signals at all times while on board an aircraft for the purpose of flight. Technologically, it would not be very difficult for Indian carriers to launch the facility after they obtain the licence. However, providing IFC services will depend on its cost and price.
According to aviation experts, it would be tough for carriers to provide IFC since the cost and turnaround time for retrofitting an aircraft for IFC are quite high. "As per industry sources, the cost of installation is estimated to be around $100,000 per aircraft and turnaround time would be about eight days. The number is a guesstimate and depends on many factors like aircraft type, fleet size, bandwidth, other tech specs and regulatory requirements," says Amber Dubey, partner and India head of aerospace and defence at global consultancy KPMG.
08/09/18 Devanash Sharma/Economic Times