AirFi and Lion Air Group have announced that they have signed a binding agreement to equip the entire group’s narrow- and wide-body aircraft, and for all new aircraft deliveries, with AirFi’s wireless IFE.
Lion Air Group becomes the largest AirFi Wireless IFE customer by fleet size.
Satish Mahtani, MD AirFi Indonesia, said: “This is truly a landmark moment for us. It is a tremendous endorsement from Lion Air Group to put us at the heart of the onboard digital passenger experience at one of world’s biggest carriers.
“Within our first year of operation, AirFi Indonesia has captured the majority of its home market. A clear signal that customers trust the quality and delivery of our product and supporting systems and services.”
Within the rapid growth forecasts across the Asia-Pacific region as a whole, Indonesia is a stand-out market. IATA forecast the country will rise from 10th largest today to the world’s No.4 by 2030 with over 400 million passengers annually.
Martijn Moret, AirFi Co-Founder, EVP Commercial for Asia Pacific and Middle East, said: “We first put down our roots in Asia over four years ago and now have our technology, operations and customer-facing teams established across five countries – most recently with the launch of our new regional HQ in Singapore.
“We rolled out AirFi Autonomous Operations technology last year, to radically simplify daily logistics and reduce costs and make it a highly viable mainstream IFE option for larger fleets.
“I’m delighted that AirFi Indonesia and Lion Air will now begin the next stage in this journey together to deploy a highly engaging, operationally efficient and financially successful solution to serve tens of millions more passengers throughout Asia.”
Operating fully autonomously, AirFi Boxes need no manual crew intervention or daily loading/unloading from the aircraft.
Each Box is aircraft-powered during the day and uses its embedded battery for content and data transfer at ‘end of day’ and during turnarounds.