Govt allows airlines to provide in-flight Wi-Fi services

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The central government on Monday permitted airlines operating in India to provide in-flight Wi-Fi services to passengers, according to official notification.

“The Pilot-in-Command may permit the access of Internet services by passengers on board an aircraft in flight, through Wi-Fi on board, when a laptop, smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, e-reader or a point of sale device is used in flight mode or airplane mode,” the notification stated.

While taking the delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 aircraft at Everett last Friday, Vistara CEO Leslie Thng had told reporters that it would be the first plane in India to provide in-flight Wi-Fi services.

The airline partners with Nelco for Inflight Data Services. The services will initially be only data services as a separate clearance for voice is require and it will take some more time. However, WhatsApp call can be done through Over the Top (OTT).

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(Source: PTI)

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