22 international airlines have partnered with Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio for in-flight internet connectivity in the Indian airspace.
Now Jio is one of the Indian companies to hold an in-flight connectivity license.
“(These plans are) applicable for 22 partner airlines… Data and SMS services are available in all our partner airlines. However, voice services are available only in select Airlines. Incoming calls are not allowed on these packs. Incoming SMS is free. Usage entitlements applicable only for Inflight communications. Data speed may vary from airline to airline,” says the Jio website.
Here is the list of Jio’s 22 partner airlines:
- Aer Lingus
- Air Serbia
- Asiana Airlines
- Biman Bangladesh Airlines
- Cathay Pacific
- Egypt Air
- Etihad Airways
- Euro wings
- EVA Air
- Kuwait Airways
- Malaysia Airlines
- Malindo Air
- SAS Scandinavian Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- TAP Air Portugal
- Turkish Airlines
- Uzbekistan Airways
- Virgin Atlantic
Jio is initially offering inflight data plans on per day basis, as of now. There are three plans that are available for customers — Rs 499, Rs 699, and Rs 999.
Here’s what’s on offer in each of the in-flight data packs:
- Rs 499: 250 MB data, 100 mins outgoing voice calls and 100 SMS
- Rs 699: 500 MB data, 100 mins outgoing voice calls and 100 SMS
- Rs 999: 1 GB data, 100 mins outgoing voice calls and 100 SMS
According to the air traffic regulations in India, in-flight internet services in Indian airspace must be provided by an Indian telecommunications service provider for security reasons.
The only Indian airline that offers in-flight internet services is Vistara. It has partnered with Nelco of the Tata Group.
The Tata Group airline, which started last Friday (September 18) on board its Dreamliner with the Wi-Fi internet connection in flight, will initially offer the service free of charge as an introductory offer for all passengers. Tariff plans for the service will be announced later.