Jet Airways has announced that it will soon offer wifi connectivity onboard to its passengers on domestic routes.
The airline’s B737 fleet will provide internet connectivity from the second quarter of 2016.
This will allow passengers to surf the internet, access emails, social media, connecting flight information and instant messaging on board.
“This best-in-class, customer-focused initiative will provide superior entertainment and communication options to guests and we are confident that it will set new benchmarks by delivering high quality, global entertainment content to guests’ personal devices,” says Gaurang Shetty, senior vice president – commercial, Jet Airways.
The initiative will depend on changing the civil aviation requirement 3.1 of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) — “No person shall use any electronic device, which intentionally transmits radio signals like mobile/cellular phones, amateur radio transceivers, etc at all times while on board an aircraft for the purpose of flight.”
The Indian carrier wants to change this and is waiting for regulatory approvals, which they are about to receive as per reports. Jet Airways will be the first Indian domestic carrier to offer this service on Indian routes.
At present wifi is available only in select international flights.
Air India, IndiGo ,Vistara, Air Asia and SpiceJet are also looking to follow suit and are also seeking approvals.