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Jet Airways to offer Wi-Fi streaming services

Saturday , 13 February 2016
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Jet Airways is all set to introduce a Wi-Fi based, in-flight entertainment (IFE), streaming service. The service will allow flyers to watch content, mid-air, on their personal Wi-Fi-enabled gadgets such as smartphones, laptops and tablets.

The new IFE service will enable wireless streaming of TV programmes, music, movies, interactive games and children’s programmes, right on to passengers’ personal devices.

In order to provide passengers with the IFE service, the airline has joined hands with Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. The wireless streaming service will first be made available on the Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft in the airline’s fleet and is expected to debut from the second quarter of this year.

Jet Airways also plans to upgrade from offering Wi-Fi streaming service to full-fledged broadband satellite connectivity. The upgradation will be subject to regulatory approvals and will allow passengers to look up flight information, check e-mails, surf the internet, avail of real-time travel services and destination deals, browse through social media and send instant messages, right from their smartphones.

The initiative will depend on changing requirement 3.1 of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which stated, the use of electronic devices, including mobile phones and amateur radio transceivers, that transmit radio signals should be avoided at all times by passengers while on-board an aircraft.

Wi-Fi connectivity is a norm in the US, Europe and the rest of the world. However, besides a few international airlines, including Indigo, Air India, Vistara, Spicejet and AirAsia, wireless streaming is not yet widely accepted in the Indian aviation industry. But that is all set to change with Jet Airways.

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