AirFi Indonesia signs its first two airline customers

The AirFI wireless IFE solutionAirFi says its wireless IFE will soon be flying on 50 aircraft operated by Sriwijaya Air and subsidiary NAM Air, based in Jakarta.

Sriwijaya is Indonesia’s third largest airline, operating an all-Boeing 737 fleet of 40 aircraft. NAM Air is the feeder airline subsidiary of Sriwijaya, operating a fleet of 10 Boeing 757 and five ATR turboprops.

Both airlines are now gearing up to launch the passenger-centric AirFi wireless IFE streaming platform and crew-centric Connected Crew onboard retailing EPOS system.

And the new long-term partnership with a major Singapore-based in-flight caterer will accelerate rollout of the company’s crew and passenger digital platforms across more airlines in the world’s fastest growing aviation region.

The company says the new deals establish AirFi’s presence in the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets.

Indonesia is forecast by IATA to be the fourth fastest-growing country market over the next 20 years with the Asia-Pacific region at large expected to see an extra 2.1bn annual passengers by 2036.

AirFi says it now has three fully-resourced bases serving the region: AirFi Development Hub in Banglaore, India; AirFi Indonesia in Jakarta and a regional partner HQ in Singapore

All its new clients are deploying the company’s next-generation “Venus” boxes, integrated with Connected Crew onboard retail EPOS and cabin management terminals delivering a 360-degree onboard digital retail environment.

In addition, the Netherlands headquartered group, also announced the formation of another landmark regional partner agreement, with a major Singapore-based ground-handler and in-flight caterer serving Changi Airport.

Job Heimerikx, AirFi CEO, said: “I’m again extremely proud to announce another landmark regional partner agreement.

“Mirroring our strategy in the Middle East and North Africa, we can now rapidly scale up our presence and capability across Asia-Pacific – which IATA forecasts will see the biggest increase in passenger numbers over the next 20 years.

“Together with the successes at AirFi Indonesia, we have a really strong foundation to help more regional clients transform their onboard crew and passenger experiences.”

AirFi says it now has three key operational hubs in the region – Bangalore India, Jakarta Indonesia and Singapore. The regional teams will be highly focused on driving up new digital ancillary revenues for our client base that AirFi wireless streaming and “Connected Crew” payment technologies can enable.

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