With in-flight Internet for passengers now a reality, the service is gradually picking up. After Tata, Reliance Jio is the latest to announce its data tariff plans and partner airlines.
At plans starting from Rs. 499 per day, telecom service provider Reliance Jio has started offering in-flight data services on 22 flights on international routes. Jio’s partner airlines include Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Euro Wings, Lufthansa, Malindo Air, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, and Alitalia.
With this, Jio has become the second Indian telecom company to offer in-flight service. Tata group firm Nelco has started providing in-flight mobile data services in Vistara flights on the Delhi-London Heathrow route. The company has announced three international roaming packs for travellers from India priced at Rs. 499, Rs. 699 and Rs. 999 with 1-day validity.
While all plans offer 100 minutes of outgoing voice calls and 100 SMS, the Rs. 499 plan provides 250 megabyte (MB) of mobile data, Rs. 699 gives 500 MB and Rs 999 plan comes with 1 GB of data. None of the plans will allow incoming calls, while incoming SMS is free, according to information available on Jio website.
First-time users of the in-flight mobile services will need to activate the plans on Jio network, and international roaming services will not work on JioPhone and Jio’s wifi device, according to the information on the website.
Vistara, which is a Tata Group airline, started in-flight Wi-Fi internet connectivity onboard its Dreamliners from September 18. It will initially as an introductory offer provide the service free to all passengers. It will later announce tariff plans for the service.
Government regulations require airlines providing in-flight Internet onboard to have an Indian company as partner for security reasons.