Norwegian has renewed and extended its inflight internet partnership with Anuvu. Under the deal the carrier will upgrade currently installed IFC hardware to its Dedicated Space™ technology. The newer connectivity solution will also fly on the carrier’s pending 737 MAX orders, scheduled for delivery through 2030.
Providing our passengers with a next-generation inflight experience is a priority. We have analyzed this IFC solution carefully and have been impressed by the performance and efficiencies it delivers. With Anuvu, we look forward to elevating the passenger experience of our Wi-Fi across the fleet. And we look forward to following the evolution of IFC technology together with Anuvu over time.– Christoffer Sundby, Norwegian Air Shuttle Chief Marketing and Customer Officer
The Dedicated Space solution combines advanced modem technology with a dynamic Network Management System (NMS) to optimize network performance. The solution also provides faster satellite handover times, typically less than one second.
The carrier will be the first in Europe to implement the Dedicated Space offering. It promises passengers speeds up to 20x higher than those available today, with a 10x increase total the number of passengers on an aircraft who can connect without degrading performance.
“Norwegian Air Shuttle is an exemplary airline with a strong focus on their passengers and a customer we have been pleased to support for over a decade. Upgrading the airline’s inflight connectivity experience with Dedicated Space is a significant advancement for Norwegian and a major achievement for the Anuvu team,” said Nancy Walker, Anuvu SVP Commercial, Aviation Connectivity. “This agreement reflects confidence in our ability to remain innovative and deliver connectivity solutions that meet rapidly evolving consumer demands.”
The existing fleet upgrades will begin later this year.
The companies also point out that Norwegian was able to test the offering significantly before committing to the deal; it is currently flying on Southwest Airlines.
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