Inflight entertainment is coming to three more airlines, powered by AirFi‘s streaming IFE solution. Fiji Airways, Surinam Airways and SmartLynx Airlines all selected the solution to provide media content, games, a moving map, and other features for passengers and crew on board.
Whether it’s for one aircraft or one hundred, AirFi’s solutions clearly present a compelling and cost-effective business case for airlines even in the most remote corners of the world.– Job Heimerikx, CEO of AirFi
Launching LEO in Surinam
Surinam Airways joins a growing cadre of customers in the Americas, adding the AirFi solution to its A340 and 737. Notably, the carrier will include the AirFi LEO internet connection as part of the solution.
Based on the Iridium Certus LEO satellite constellation, AirFi LEO provides a narrowband connection for limited – but important – use cases on board.
The two most compelling features for AirFi LEO today are real-time weather updates and transaction processing on board. Getting current weather information to the flight deck allows for more efficient routings and a more comfortable trip. An initial test with KLM‘s Cargo division yielded strong results on the navigational front. For transaction processing, AirFi sees an opportunity to remove fraud and increase cart size, both cutting costs and increasing revenue. Tests with Atlantic Airways are promising, even with deployment delays related to COVID.
Flexibility in the ACMI market
Latvian ACMI specialist SmartLynx frequently steps in to back-fill capacity when another airline has a plane out of service or otherwise needs a boost. Those airlines now have the opportunity to include wireless inflight entertainment on board, thanks to the AirFi partnership. Two airlines have signed on to activate the service so far on the company’s A340 jets.
In addition to the inflight entertainment option, SmartLynx and AirFi also offer Connected Crew and inflight retail solutions that can be white-labeled on board.
Short-haul entertainment in Fiji
Fiji Airways is installing the AirFi box onboard its short-haul fleet, which is made up of one B737-800 an ATR 72-600 and an ATR 42-600. The portable, standalone nature of the AirFi hardware makes it ideal for easily deploying on a mixed fleet.
More on AirFi:
- AirFi LEO aims to alter the inflight retail landscape
- AirFi goes live on Bhutan Airlines
- easyJet expands AirFi deployment to 100+ aircraft
- AirFi delivers inflight retail for AirAsia (and more)
A favor to ask while you're here...
Did you enjoy the content? Or learn something useful? Or generally just think this is the type of story you'd like to see more of? Consider supporting the site through a donation (any amount helps). It helps keep me independent and avoiding the credit card schlock.
Leave a Reply