Mr. Junaid Yunus, PIA’s Managing Director, has been quoted by the Express Tribune that initially the services will be deployed on PIA’s nine Boeing 777s that fly to Europe, US and Canada.
“The proposed plan is at very initial level, it will have to go through little more stages before it gets matured” PIA Spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar told PakistanTribe.
The national carrier spokesperson says that time frame and tariff of the service isn’t decided or discussed yet but after the meeting on few basic requirement, these options will be considered as per regulations and industry norms.
“Few internal departments are working on the proposal to make it clear” Tajwar Added.
All Pakistani Telecom operators offer In-Flight roaming services through partner networks
Many International airlines are already offering In-Flight Wifi and Cellular roaming services, but during takeoff and landing usage of these services is still prohibited.
PIA will be the first airline in Pakistan to offer such services to its passengers.
Pakistan’s state owned airline is the largest air-travel service in the country with 36 owned and leased (26 functional) air-crafts.
According to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Pakistan has 130 million Mobile subscribers with 72.27 Teledensity, 3,346,572 Wireless Local Loop and 2,889,155 Broadband Subscribers.