AirFi has announced three new customers for its wireless IFE solution.
Air Arabia has become its newest and largest customer in the Middle East region; Air Seychelles has signed for AirFi Wireless IFE across their all-new A320neos; and Bamboo Airways in Vietnam has also signed.
Following a successful 10-aircraft trial over recent months, Air Arabia signed with AirFi for its fleet of short- and medium-haul aircraft stationed in Sharjah.
“SkyTime” will feature a comprehensive line up of multi-language, premium AVOD content tailored to their demographic of family and price-conscious business travellers around the Gulf region, Northern Africa, Indian subcontinent, Russia, Central Asia and Europe.
Job Heimerikx, CEO AirFi, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Air Arabia to our Wireless IFE family as we further strengthen our leadership in this exciting fast-growing aviation region. Our long-standing track record of success enables us to serve ever larger and more complicated fleet networks like the new operation in Sharjah.”
Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles has selected AirFi for its new Airbus A320neo entertainment platform to modernize the onboard digital experience, providing guests greater flexibility, value and control when using their own smartphone, tablet or laptop devices.
Air Seychelles joins the AirFi global family, now spanning 65 countries and expands the company’s regional footprint following recent implementations at Air Namibia and Nile Air in Africa as well as by other A320neo operators in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Remco Althuis, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles said: “The aviation industry is evolving globally and aircraft operators are increasingly looking into ways to further enhance the experience of their guests in addition to ensuring their business generates better revenue.
“AirFi will allow Air Seychelles to operate more efficiently because with the elimination of seatback screens, guests will need to use their own devices and headsets to stream the entertainment content. Therefore, with less on board equipment and less impact in the weight, Air Seychelles will be able to better generate its fuel efficiency.
“At the end of the day throughout the transformation plan our mandate is to ensure that the products Air Seychelles chooses are reliable, sustainable, plus cost effective and after intense research, we have identified AirFi as the best option moving forward.”
AirFi has also announced Bamboo Airways as its latest customer in Asia Pacific.
Bamboo Airways, one of Southeast Asia’s newest low-cost carriers based in Hanoi, Vietnam, recently started operations in January 2019. Bamboo have a clear strategy to build a 5-star airline operating both domestic and international routes and AirFi will sit at the heart of achieving this quality experience.
Bamboo will deploy AirFi initially across its fleet of eight A320-family aircraft and AirFi will provide its fully managed service offering covering all hardware, software, content provision and ancillary revenue generation.
Last year, the airline signed agreements to acquire 24 A321NEO and 20 Boeing 787-9 aircraft to support its fleet growth plans.
AirFi tops study of wireless IFEC vendors
AirFi says it has topped a study of Wireless IFEC vendors, with more than half (56% share) of all global portable deployments and has been selected by more airlines (40 clients) than any other vendor, topping a list including the industry Tier 1 OEM suppliers.
Results from a detailed survey of global Wireless IFEC deployments conducted at the end of the first quarter of 2019 which gathered data on over 30 providers of portable and installed systems, confirmed AirFi’s status as the number one provider of flexible (portable) Wireless IFEC systems.
AirFi Systems claims it now accounts for more than one in two of all Portable Wireless IFEC deployments globally, and the rapid rise in portable popularity has propelled AirFi to become the fifth largest Wireless IFEC vendor by number of aircraft served and the only privately-owned company in the top five.