Do you frequently travel through flights and always complained about the non-access to internet during the time?. That may soon change as India’s state-owned carrier Air India will offer its passengers with WiFi internet access while on board. Of course the service will be charged a minimal fees, thus generating some additional revenue for the loss making airline business.
With the WiFi internet service on its flights Air India will become the first Indian airline to offer such a service. The service will be mostly available across its international flights along with domestic flights.
According to a report from Time of India, Air India’s Chairman, Rohit Nandan has set up a panel of Air India’s top officials to study the technical feasibility and to ensure that Wi-Fi service been offered in a very cost-effective way for the airline and thus help the airline to earn some money.
Reportedly Air India officials are in talk with Thales of France which is the one of the leading in-flight entertainment and service company, to study the possibility of in-flight internet connectivity in air.
“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,” said a senior Air India official.
80 % of Air India’s loss is coming from the service to international routes. We hope the struggling government airline would possibly come-up with a cost effective way to implement the Wi-Fi access and thus help them to remain more relevant to private airlines.