AirFi to launch next-gen portable IFE streaming solution at AIX Hamburg

The updated Venus AirFi Box offers enhanced streaming capabilities, killer curves and robust constitution for longer life in tough airline operational conditions.

AMSTERDAM, MARCH 12, 2016: AirFi, supplier of increasingly popular and cost-effective portable IFE streaming solution, will launch a new generation of hardware at Aircraft Interiors International in Hamburg.
The new hardware solution is called the Venus AirFi Box and it offers a series of improvements over its predecessor; the Moon AirFi Box (re-branded from AirFi Box). Like the Moon AirFi Box, Venus enables airlines to stream a wide variety of engaging content to passengers’ own mobile devices inflight. This content can include newspapers magazines in multiple languages, HTML 5 games, onboard chat, crew interface functions, video, payment portals and more.

“The Venus AirFi Box is robust and attractive. New materials and manufacturing techniques enable custom colours (the Moon box is grey) with a tight, durable, and modern design to help it handle the tough job of being a completely portable piece of cabin equipment,” says Job Heimerikx, CEO at AirFi.

Venus also improves on Moon by offering an integrated moving map feature and automated aircraft positioning display – something passengers value and check frequently.

“Our latest technology can stream full HD video to as many as 22 passengers at the same time, or more passengers at lower resolutions. We’ve also added an ergonomic hand-grip, which will be appreciated by flight crew, catering providers, or whoever moves them around,” Heimerikx adds.

Both the Moon AirFi Box and Venus AirFi Box use a safe, yet powerful Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) battery pack which can last for up to 15 hours and charge in as little as four. LiFePO4 cells have a constant discharge voltage and are considered far more stable than Lithium Ion chemistries.

Both boxes employ HTML 5 technology, which means passengers don’t need to download an app for quick and easy access onboard streaming services.

Airlines already using the AirFi Moon Box, or those with Moon on order, can upgrade to Venus for an incremental hardware cost and, more importantly, can do so without missing a beat in their onboard digital services.

AirFi will showcase the Venus AirFi Box and begin taking orders at Aircraft Interiors Expo, April 5-7, in Hamburg. Current and future customers, media and fans of #PaxEx innovation are invited to drop by and learn more, or contact AirFi directly.

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CIO & Director of Asia Operations @ AirFi & Founder of Vidamore. Martijn specialises in Innovation for airlines and airports.

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