Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Indian fliers may soon be able to make calls, browse net on board

Imagine doing a call with your friend while on board a flight at 30,000 feet and sharing the magnificent view from your window seat? Or, browsing the net to complete your presentation that needs to be ready for a meeting planned at your destination?

All this may be soon possible, with aviation regulator DGCA approving the use of voice and data through Wi-Fi while on board a flight. Director General of Civil Aviation Arun Kumar paved the way through a notification on November 24. The notification includes fresh Civil Aviation Requirements, or CAR, that airlines will have to follow.

A senior official told Moneycontrol that airlines can immediately apply to introduce the service to their customers.

As of now, Vistara was the only airline to have this service, on its Delhi to London flights. The airline had introduced Wi-Fi on board the Boeing B787-9 aircraft in September. The company had said it will add this service on its Airbus A321neo aircraft, which will initially fly on domestic routes, after getting regulatory approval. The latest notification from the DGCA is expected to hasten the process.

The latest communication comes after the regulator had framed the draft rules in August this year. The first step towards this was taken in 2018, when the government said it will allow in-flight connectivity. Since then, some companies have got the approval to provide this service to airlines. In 2019, Hughes Communications India was the first to get this license.


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