Domestic airline Vistara has obtained government approval to launch international flights. Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said on Wednesday that Vistara has been authorised to mount international flights
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Vistara, a joint venture of Tata Group and Singapore Airlines is likely to be the first domestic airline to offer in-flight wi-fi services in India.

On Wednesday, Nelco, a Tata Enterprise entity and VSAT solutions provider announced the launch of Aero in-flight communication (IFC) services in India.

Tata group’s NELCO and Panasonic Avionics Corporation today announced a partnership for offering in-flight broadband service in India, starting with Vistara airlines.

“NELCO is the first Indian company to provide this service in the country, marking the beginning of a new era of wi-fi on aircraft in Indian skies,” it said in a press release.

“We are delighted that NELCO is spearheading in providing the long-awaited Aero in-flight connectivity services in the country. Vistara is the first airline to sign up for this service,” NELCO MD and CEO P J Nath said while launching the service.

With the launch of these services, it will be possible for international aircraft flying over India as well as domestic airlines to offer broadband Internet services to its passengers on board.

In December 2018, the Government of India announced the licenses for In-Flight and Maritime Communications (IFMC) that allows broadband Internet services while flying over the Indian skies and sailing in Indian waters, both for international and Indian aircraft and vessels.

The IFMC license is a key initiative of the Telecom Ministry, a move to liberalise satellite communication services in India.

Nelco obtained the IFMC licence and is the first Indian company to enable communication services for the maritime and airlines sectors in India.

 

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