Well, these things take time…It’s almost a year since Kingfisher Airlines had given (pdf) OnAir, an Airbus and SITA owned company, the mandate of enabling Internet and Mobile services on its flights.
Now ET reports that Kingfisher has applied to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for in-flight mobile services. Usage of mobile phones is not allowed in flights, citing interference; as per the ET report, with the new technology, mobile phones will allowed to “emit only 1 watt of power, as opposed to 100 watts”, which is the norm…I assume they’re referring to the power of the signal.
It was reported last year that Kingfisher will offer the services on international flights – five Airbus A330s, on routes to Europe and Asia, and five new Airbus A340s, for the non-stop flights to the USA. The services will allow users to check emails, chat, send and receive phone calls; the cost: similar to international roaming rates, with passengers being billed by the mobile operators.