You May Soon be Surfing Internet on Long-Haul Air India Flights

You may soon find yourself browsing internet while on an Air India Flight as BSNL and AI are in talks over project. 

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Air India may soon provide its clients internet service. Representational Image. (Photo: iStock)

Surfing the net while on an international Air India (AI) flight might soon become a reality as the airline is in talks with BSNL regarding various aspects of aircraft WiFi installation.

Apparently, the airline has asked BSNL to work out the feasibility and cost analysis of the project. At the same time, it is also talking to some other international on-board service providers.

The airline is contemplating WiFi installation as it runs some of the longest flights out of India and most of the global airlines these days are providing their customers with on-air internet facility.

The green signal to the project depends upon the costs involved.

AI had also approached OnAir previously to install internet on its aircraft. Representational Image. (Photo: iStock)
AI had also approached OnAir previously to install internet on its aircraft. Representational Image. (Photo: iStock)

Recently, AI chief Ashwani Lohani met Anupam Srivastava of BSNL to discuss the dynamics of the project.

However, it is not the first time that AI is trying to install WiFi on its aircrafts. Two years ago, it had approached Geneva-based OnAir, which provides both internet and mobile connectivity.

The project could not materialise then as AI was told that India has rules that allow only local service providers to serve the purpose. Besides, the costs involved were too high.

(With inputs from The Times of India)

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