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Air India plans to provide in-flight WiFi in International flights only

State-owned national carrier Air India is in talks with various global agencies to provide Wi-Fi service on its international flights, reports Economic Times. Anil Sondhi, Executive Director, Materials Management and Information Technology at Air India told the publication that they are currently in discussions with various agencies, including the Geneva-based in-flight Wi-Fi service provider OnAir and will take a decision on it in the forthcoming months. Earlier in January, there were also reports of Air India approaching French Multinational Thales to help set up WiFi service on its flights. Users will apparently be able to use this service for basic Internet functions like accessing their email, Facebook and Twitter among others. However, Sondhi declined to disclose the International routes on which this service will be available or the pricing of this service, although note that in-flight WiFi services tends to usually be super expensive in our experience. OnAir mentions that the prices for Internet access are set by the airline itself, hence varies for each airlines. Singapore Airlines offers time-based plans starting at $11.95 per hour, while Thai Airways International offers volume-based plans starting at $4.50 for 3MB. US airline JetBlue charges $9 per hour for high speed internet service for real time video streaming. Others such as Saudia offer it free only for premium and business class passengers, for fear of congestion for the entire aircraft. Aggregators such as GoGo also offer time-based prepaid Wifi cards starting from $16 which can be used in cabins of about 10 US based carriers. Domestic Flights? Air India will however be not able to offer this Wi-Fi service in…

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