Frequent flyers could quickly must shell out further money to surf the web in flight or use WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tata group firm is engaged on new tariff plans for its ‘in-flight connectivity’ or IFC companies.
“Tariff plans are still a work in progress, and once the domestic market opens up for IFC, there will be different models which will come up… some will be built into the price of a ticket, while some will be charged separately,” Nelco managing director PJ Nath advised ET.
Nelco, he mentioned, is in talks on pricing technique with stakeholders. “Tariff will vary from one carrier to another in terms of how they want to start the service in the country,” he mentioned. At current, Nelco is the one firm providing IFC companies nationally, he added.
Following the Covid outbreak final yr, the aviation sector had taken a jolt with flight operators staying cautious, however Nelco expects a enterprise revival of kinds quickly with the pandemic state of affairs easing considerably coupled with the step up in vaccinations.
“The aviation sector has not done well due to Covid, and so IFC has not been a priority for airlines… but it will definitely take off as staying connected always is a way of life today,” Nath mentioned.
In September 2019, Nelco had entered the maritime communications companies house after receiving an In-Flight & Maritime Communications (IFMC) licence.
The Nelco MD mentioned the IFMC allow affords each voice and knowledge communications companies however every airline will in the end resolve what it needs to supply in flight. “Globally, people don’t do much of voice calls in flight but use data services mostly… we will offer whatever the customer wants,” Nath mentioned
Nelco, on its half, is working with Panasonic Avionics to supply IFC companies in India. Japan’s Panasonic instructions practically 30% of the IFC market worldwide and works carefully with airways similar to Emirates and British Airways.