The state-owned carrier says in a request for quotations that it is seeking to have “live satellite TV” and radio integrated with already installed Thales i5000 in-flight entertainment systems on all 23 firm-ordered 777-200LRs and 777-300ERs, some of which it has already put into service.
It says it “invites bids from renowned international companies for aviation standard FAA certified live satellite TV system capable of 16 to 32 channels operating on [the] airplane during flight and while on ground”. In a separate request for quotations it asks for offers for live radio.
Air India has been undergoing a major fleet modernisation over the past year that includes the addition of 777s for long-haul international services. The fleet modernisation will later also include the addition of Boeing 787s that it has on firm order.
Within India, Kingfisher Airlines already offers live television programming on its Airbus A320-family aircraft.