In association with Panasonic Avionics and Tata Group subsidiary Nelco Limited, Air Vistara is set to become India’s first domestic airline which will offer in-flight internet access to its passengers.
Aviation Today reports that an agreement has been reached between Panasonic allows the company to offer in-flight connectivity services in India through Nelco’s Department of Telecommunications license for In-flight Maritime Connectivity in accordance with the Flight and Maritime Connectivity regulations first established by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in 2018.
“We’re taking delivery of the first aircraft in February, the second one comes in March and as part of the features available on the aircraft we have teamed up with Panasonic to have in-flight connectivity on the flights. This is a function of regulatory approval, which has progressed very fast and we’re now in discussions with Panasonic on the commercial terms because we need to come up with the price plan and the scope of the service,” Vistara Chief Operating Officer Vinod Kannan said on CNBC.
“Becoming the first satellite communications provider to offer services over India is a major milestone for Panasonic,” Ken Sain, CEO of Panasonic Avionics said of the agreement with Nelco, according to the news website.