Passengers on some international flights with Vistara can now stay connected and get real-time updates of events happening all around the world.
The Indian full service airline has introduced live TV on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft on flights between India and the UK and mainland Europe.
The free service, powered by Panasonic, can be seen on seat back screens and includes two sports channels and three news channels:
- Sport 24 and Sport 24 Extra to watch sports events
- BBC News, CNN and CNBC for live news
The new service comes just in time for passengers to enjoy some major sports events, including:
- Mens’ ICC World T20 (Cricket)
- FIFA World Cup
- Men’s Hockey World Cup
- Australian Open (Tennis)
- Women’s ICC World T20 (Cricket)
- Super Bowl (American Football)
Mind you, depending on the teams involved and any controversy, the passenger cabin could get interesting.
IFE onboard Vistara
Vistara is India’s first airline to broadcast Live TV onboard.
Airbus 320 and Boeing 737
All these aircraft have a wireless Wi-Fi IFE streaming system that customers can access on their personal handheld devices. It offers a rich multimedia library of Bollywood and Hollywood content of various genres.
Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A321neo
These have seat-back IFE that gives passengers a multimedia library with nearly 700 hours of content.
On international flights the 787s and A321neos have a wireless connectivity system by Panasonic Avionics which allows passengers to access the internet on all Wi-Fi enabled mobile phones, tablets, and laptops.
Vistara is an Indian airline based in Gurgaon with its hub at Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport. It is a joint venture between Tata and Singapore Airlines. Tata has 51% stake and Singapore Airlines 49%.
Vistara flies to 30 airports within India. It also flies to 11 international cities in Asia, the Middle East, mainland Europe and London Heathrow.
Vistara currently operates a fleet of 54 aircraft.
- 42 Airbus A320 (neo and ceo)
- 5 Airbus A321neo
- 5 Boeing 737-800NG
- 2 Boeing 787-9
Over 3.5 million a year.
Vistara has Codeshare/Interline agreements with 40 major airlines.
N.B. Image credit: Vistara Airways