Major airlines welcome TCs nod for in-flight WiFi, voice services

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Major airlines welcome TCs nod for in-flight WiFi, voice services

Major Airlines, along with Air India and Vistara, welcomed the Telecom Commission’s nod for the use of WiFi and voice-services in flight. Recently, Civil Aviation Minister, Suresh Prabhu said, we will implement these services as soon as possible.

As the decision has been put into implementation, within 3 to 4 months, all the passengers will be able to use mobile phones for both voice and data services in the India airspace in both domestic and International flights.

Vistara, one of the popular airline company, currently gearing up for international operations said, “We welcome the decision as it will mean more convenience to air travellers. We will study the recommendations in details and in due course determine the economics of offering on domestic and international route.”

From above decision, it is clear that all the passengers will be provided net connectivity and internet access only after the aircraft is ready for a take-off.

One of the officials of the popular private carrier, speaking about the proposal said, providing this facility is not a good option, as the price of the flight will also increase.

Prabhu further said, he will ensure “earliest implementation” of the plan as the government remains firm to updating services for all the air passengers and making their journey delightful and hassle-free.

“Providing passenger amenities have been the endeavor of the Narendra Modi government. We are constantly upgrading our services. This (decision) will go a long way in making sure people will be using the flying time more productively and efficiently,” the Civil Aviation minister said in a video message from South Africa.

With the help of this decision, a lot of hours will not be wasted and used fruitfully. Hence, a journey in Indian flights will be exciting.

As per Amber Dubey who is the partner as well as head of aerospace and defense at global consultancy KPMG, said passengers will not have difficulty to pay Rs200-300 for a 2-3 hour flight and the price will be more in international flights. However, premium customers may get this service for free.

Dubey further said in 12-24 hours flights, WiFi service may become fully free same as hotels. Thus, all the airlines will have alternate opportunity to earn money via advertisements and fee from online transactions.

One of the Air India Spokesperson welcomed the decision and said, this will be a win-win situation for both the airline and the travelers in general and we welcome it. Also, he stated that we are currently analyzing on the proposal made in detail before declaring anything about the issue.

Popular airline companies, IndiGo and SpiceJet said they are currently analyzing the decision in detail before announcing anything.

Dubey also felt that airlines will find it difficult to ground the aircraft for retrofitting with necessary equipment. This can be made possible with the new aircraft deliveries.

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