Air India might soon start offering a paid inflight Wi-Fi service for its passengers, Times of India reports. If done so, Air India will become the first Indian airline to allow passengers to access the Internet through Wi-Fi. Also Read - Air India bans 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro on flights after DGCA advisory
Reportedly, the service will be available across its flights including the international as well as domestic flights. However, it will not come for free and Air India will charge fee for accessing the service, which would also help generate some revenues for the company.
A panel of AI’s top notch officials including Rohit Nandan, the company’s chairman, is reportedly working on the technical frames and feasible ways for offering the Wi-Fi service at a very cost effect way.
Reportedly, AI has been in talks with the Thales of France which is one of the leading in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) companies. A company official has told the publication that, “There are two aspects of providing Wi-Fi on planes. While the hardware will have be installed on aircraft, Thales is perhaps the only company globally that provides the software and connectivity for Internet connectivity in air. We want to be the first Indian carrier to offer internet on board and have asked Thales to respond as early as possible.”