Indian premium carrier Vistara has introduced in-flight connectivity on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, making it the first airline in the country to do so.
The onboard WiFi service – using Panasonic Avionics technology – is being introduced on 787 flights currently operating on flights between Delhi and London-Heathrow. Passengers on the flights will be able to access the internet using their WiFi-enabled devices to do tasks such as sending/reading email or browsing social media apps.
Vistara will be offering the service free of cost for a limited time, the airline will use the limited period to gain customer insights and feedback to improve the services. The airline will announce the service costs at a later date.
After its introduction on the technology on its 787, the airline plans introduce the technology on its Airbus A321neo aircraft.
The new WiFi service will be in addition to Vistara's inflight offerings including its entertainment system which offers 700-hours worth of movies, TV shows, games, and audio files.
“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,” said Vistara Chief Commercial Officer Vinod Kannan. Kannan added: “We truly hope our customers enjoy this new addition as we continuously strive to surpass their expectations”