With 22 partner foreign airlines, Jio announces inflight data plans


NEW DELHI: Twenty-two foreign airlines have partnered Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio for inflight internet connectivity in Indian skies. The telecom major, which is among the Indian companies that got the in-flight connectivity licence, has also announced three onboard data plans all of which have a validity of a day with prices ranging from Rs 499 to Rs 999.
“(These plans are) applicable for 22 partner airlines… Data and SMS services are available in all our partner airlines. However, voice services are available only in select Airlines. Incoming calls are not allowed on these packs. Incoming SMS is free. Usage entitlements applicable only for Inflight communications. Data speed may vary from airline to airline,” the Jio website says.
The Rs 499 plan offers 250 MB data, 100 minutes outgoing voice calls and 100 SMS. The Rs 699 plan offers 500 MB data, 100 minutes outgoing voice calls and 100 SMS. And the Rs 999 plan offers 1 GB data, 100 minutes outgoing voice calls and 100 SMS.
Jio’s 22 partner carriers include Lufthansa, Swiss, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Virgin Atlantic, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Cathay Pacific. India requires airlines providing inflight internet in its skies to have an Indian telecom service provider for the same for security reasons.
Vistara is the only Indian airline that offers inflight WiFi and it has partnered with another Tata Group company, Nelco for the same. Vistara is currently providing onboard internet on its Boeing 787 Dreamliners and will soon have the service on its Airbus A321s.
The Tata Group airline, which started inflight Wi-Fi internet connectivity onboard its Dreamliners from last Friday (September 18), will initially as an introductory offer provide the service free to all passengers. It will later announce tariff plans for the service.

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