New Delhi: Aiming to spread cheer among passengers, Air India is planning to introduce Wi-Fi on board its Airbus A-320 planes that are the mainstay of its domestic operations.
According to a report in The Times of India, "We are working on having Wi-Fi on our planes. We have issued expression of interest and will take the aircraft manufacturer's nod to install Wi-Fi equipment. Though giving an exact date is difficult, we are aiming to start this by June or July," AI chief Ashwani Lohani said.
AI did not mention how much data and what speed it is looking at.
Since the connection is likely to be free, it may start with a basic pack for free and later move on to paid data packs. The free basic pack will allow receiving and sending mails and checking WhatsApp.
Depending on passenger feedback, AI may go in for bigger paid data packs. Leading international airlines that offer on board Wi-Fi have been following this model.