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Thursday, October 8, 2015
India’s Vistara uses wireless IFE as stopgap to connectivity
By Neelam Mathews
DELHI: India’s refusal to revoke its rule – at least for the moment – to permit live inflight connectivity over Indian airspace forced SIA-Tata owned startup Vistara to seek interim solutions, says the carrier.
A Vistara spokesperson tells RGN that while Indian carriers are collectively trying to convince the government to permit Internet on board, clearances are still required from the country’s ministries of civil aviation and telecom.
To ensure passengers get value-add on the full-service carrier and as government clearances do not come easy, Vistara tapped defense contractor – and IFE newcomer – BAE Systems to install its IntelliCabin wireless IFE solution on its Airbus A320s. This is not a live connectivity system. Wireless IFE systems stream content from an onboard server via wireless access points on board the aircraft. The content is pre-loaded and cached. The system will be installed on the nine-strong fleet of aircraft that Vistara intends to operate by the first week of January 2016.
At present, business class passengers are offered Samsung tablets with local-based content that is changed every week, itself a stopgap measure to wireless IFE. Vistara is clear that the Samsung tablets will not be .... Read more on RunwayGirlNetwork...........