Vistara to Introduce a New IFE System on its Planes

Wednesday, 15th April 2015 at 02:08am

One of the major carriers in India, Vistara has announced on Tuesday that it is introducing a new in-flight entertainment facility (IFE) for its passengers in the business class starting next month. The company says that it plans to roll out the same service for economy and premium economy class passengers by the end of this year, probably November.

Vistara has attracted global avionics BAE system in order to offer the first-of-its kind in-flight entertainment system to its passengers. The new IFE system will be available to travelers on board of Vistara planes via wireless streaming of pre-loaded content on their laptops, tablets or smartphones.

In a statement made to the press, Vistara announced that the soft launch of the new IFE solution will be available for business class passengers from 15th May. However, it will only be available on flights longer than two hours.

Announcing the partnership with BAE Systems, Vistara chairman Prasad Menon said:

"We are extremely happy to be launching the pioneering technology of in-flight wireless streaming in India. The solution offers the latest technological innovations which include the potential for live TV and full Wi-Fi on board."

Vistara's IFE system is the result of a conjoined effort of BAE Systems and the South Korean electronics giant Samsung and will offer various contents to the passengers, including music, TV shows, movies and games.

BAE Systems vice president and general manager of commercial aircraft solutions Ehtisham Siddiqui said the following about Vistara using BAE's IFE:

"Vistara's selection of our IntelliCabin IFE supports the airline's vision of providing and enhanced travel experience for its customers."

The IFE system is now only waiting for the required regulatory approvals before it can be implemented into Vistara's Airbus A-320 fleet.

Launched in January this year as a joint venture of Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, Vistara is currently the third largest domestic carrier behind Air India and Jet Airways and is the first private carrier in India to introduce the premium economy class on domestic flights.

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