Kontron selected by easyJet for wireless IFE hardware

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Kontron's RJ McLaren and the Cab-n-Connect A100.
Kontron’s RJ McLaren and the Cab-n-Connect A100.

Kontron says its integrated in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) platforms have been selected by easyJet, for its new “Air Time” wireless in-flight entertainment service.

Kontron and in-flight digital solutions partner, Immfly, are collaborating to support the launch of the easyJet “Air Time” service on board five easyJet aircraft.

Kontron is supplying the complete set of hardware products necessary to implement the Wi-Fi network on the aircraft to support Immfly’s flexible content application software.

“Air Time” gives passengers the ability to access personalised services and content through their own smart devices, making seat-back or other built-in aircraft monitors obsolete.

The company was selected after an extensive industry review, assessment and testing of available hardware solutions available in the IFE market.

The hardware solution for easyJet consists of Kontron’s ACE Flight 4600 Airborne Server, Removable Storage Devices (RSSDs), and its Cab-n-Connect A100 Cabin Wireless Access Point (CWAP).

The company says it has built a strong reputation for providing breakthrough IFEC platforms that help accelerate development for quick time-to-market at the lowest cost of deployment.

There are currently more than 4,000 commercial aircraft operating worldwide with Kontron equipment on board.

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Andrew Middleton, Ancillary Revenue Director at EasyJet, said: “A deciding factor in our selection of Kontron is their long history of providing proven IFEC solutions.

“The powerful combination of Kontron and Immfly lets us ensure our customers have the broadest and most reliable in-flight entertainment experience that replicates their consumer smart device capabilities on the ground.”

Jimmy Martínez von Korff, Co-founder of Immfly, said: “Immfly continues to partner with Kontron for its highly reliable and open architecture platforms that are fully qualified to D0-160G with PMA and optimised for a full range of flight services.

“Using Kontron platforms allows us to focus on designing the most compelling in-flight entertainment services that include engaging new content and other capabilities that are in high demand by today’s airline passengers.”

“Part of our ongoing strategy in supporting partners such as Immfly is to provide the critical system components that lay the enabling foundation for continued IFE innovation based on the most advanced features and highest broadband connectivity possible,” said Andy Mason, VP Technology at Kontron America.

“We anticipate the success of the “Air Time” launch due to the unique aspects of the service and close collaboration of easyJet and its partners.”

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