Vistara becomes the first Indian airline to offer wifi onboard to its passengers, from today.

Flights between Delhi and London Heathrow operated by the airline’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft will have wifi onboard as a free service, for a limited period of time.

The wireless connectivity system powered by Panasonic Avionics on the carrier’s Dreamliner allows passengers to access internet on wifi enabled devices such as smart phones, tablets and laptops.

Vistara plans to gather information on system functionality and receive customer feedback to further enhance and fine-tune the service. It will announce its tariff plans for wifi onboard in the near future.

The Tata-SIA Airlines also announced its plans to introduce wifi on its A321 neo aircraft soon, subject to regulatory approvals.

“We are delighted to offer on-board wifi internet connectivity which takes our on-board travel experience to truly global standards. We are also glad to be the first Indian carrier to be able to offer this service to our customers. We truly hope our customers enjoy this new addition as we continuously strive to surpass their expectations,” says Vistara’s Chief Commercial Officer, Vinod Kannan.

In March 2020, Indian Civil Aviation Ministry on Monday lifted restrictions on Indian airlines’ onboard wifi services.

Previously, International carriers that offer inflight wifi had to switch off these services upon entering Indian airspace.