The Joint director general of Civil Aviation, Lalit Gupta recently gave a clue very soon Wi-Fi connectivity in flights will be a reality in India.“We’re awaiting clearance from the Department of Telecommunications, which is changing a few of its rules, after which the Union cabinet’s clearance will be needed,” he said to Times of India while talking about the in-flight Wi-Fi. The all new service of permit for in-flight Wi-Fi internet is expected to be released by Centre government the end of August 2017.
A global consultant Roland Bergers newly conducted a study in which he pointed out that a large number of customers desire internet access and will prefer the flights with Wi-Fi connection over the flights that do not provide internet access. The study also points out that airlines can make money both by monetizing the Wi-Fi and also from targeted shopping, advertising and sponsoring.
The International airlines are now in discussion with the aviation ministry as they have to turn-off the Wi-Fi while entering the Indian airspace. The airlines that have to pursue this guideline include Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qatar, and Etihad Airlines.
Further, airlines like Jet Airways and SpiceJet will get the Boeing 737 MAX with Wi-Fi by mid- 2018. Also, the airlines like Jet Airways and Vistara have been presenting a library of preloaded content that can be downloaded on devices by using the aircraft’s Wi-Fi which is a local area network and not the real internet. According to the report, SpiceJet will begin providing a alike capability by June-end.