AirFi revealed as 5th largest global Wireless IFEC vendor and tops 2019 study of the fast-growing portable W-IFEC sector

A detailed study of Wireless IFEC market reveals AirFi Systems account for over half (56%) of all global portable deployments to date – three times more than its closest peer group rivals.

Poll also reveals AirFI has the highest number of individual Wireless IFEC clients, almost twice more than any other fixed or portable system provider.

June 18, 2019 – The Hague, Netherlands  | AirFi, the market leader in portable Wireless In-Flight Entertainment systems and cabin retail technology 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 now account 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 a number of aircraft served and the only privately-owned company in the top five.

The study also revealed AirFi to be number one in the popularity poll, having been selected by nearly twice the number of clients than the next most popular system. Lower cost of ownership, more flexible use cases and rapid, fleet-wide deployment have underpinned AirFi’s accelerated rise in the rankings over the past year.

“It’s fantastic to see from these survey results, really healthy growth – and competition – right across our marketplace, as more airlines join the global Wireless IFEC family. Our unique holistic approach – being the only vendor specialising in proprietary, rapid deployment Wireless IFEC hardware and suite of e-enablement technologies and services – has been resonating really strongly with customers. So I’m delighted to see AirFi top the polls as the world’s most popular Wireless IFEC system and ranked in the top five of global vendors.” Comments Job Heimerikx, CEO AirFi.

AirFi announced last month the market’s largest ever portable Wireless IFEC deployment with Lion Air Group and this month revealed two more new clients – Air Arabia and Air Seychelles have joined the AirFi Wireless IFEC family.

About AIRFI.AERO

AirFi is the leading provider of flexible Wireless IFE system and mPOS cabin technology to the aviation and other mass-transport markets. Our world’s first and best-selling carry-on Wireless IFE streaming system – AirFi Box – has become THE benchmark equipment for an industry. AirFi is a full-service provider with highly configurable proprietary hardware, software and an expanding suite of customer success services covering content, connectivity, e-commerce and ancillary revenue generation.

AirFi’s interoperability with a multitude of onboard platforms – from our own “Connected Crew” mPOS technology powering many of the world’s crew onboard retail systems, to installed, connected steaming hardware – underlines our commitment to be a leading global partner for onboard digital transformation programs.

Designed to effectively and securely bridge the digital information gap between each client, their remote crews and millions of consumers on the move. AirFi is supported by Mainport Innovation Fund, founded by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Schiphol Group, Delft University of Technology and Rabobank.

Contact: Martin Cunnison | AirFi BV

+44 7966 757 335 | martin.cunnison@airfi.aero

Connect: @AirFi_aero | sales@airfi.aero | press@airfi.aero | www.airfi.aero


AirFi announces Vietnamese LCC, Bamboo Airways sign fleet- wide agreement for AirFi Wireless IFE fully managed service.

Bamboo becomes AirFi’s latest customer in the world’s fastest-growing aviation market and gives the company a foothold in key Vietnam market.

  • AirFi’s Portable Wireless IFE variant will deploy initially across a fleet of eight permanent and wet-leased A319 and A320s
  • AirFi selected to provide full content acquisition and on-going ancillary revenue management services.
  • Featuring a broad selection of movies, TV programming, games, audio, digital publications, viral videos and moving map in multiple languages including Vietnamese, English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and French.

June 17, 2019 – The Hague, Netherlands –AirFi, the leading provider of flexible Wireless IFE systems and cabin retail technology, announces 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.

“We’re delighted that Bamboo has selected AirFi to underpin its strategy to provide the best possible in-flight passenger experience. AirFi will be packed with the latest Hollywood, international and diverse regionally focused and inspired content. The Asia-Pacific passenger demographic is very diverse and so we have been expanding our in-country expertise using data intelligence we derive from passenger usage to select the best, most cost-effective content and create new profitable ancillary revenue streams.” adds Martijn Moret Co-Founder and EVP Commercial Asia and the Middle East, AirFi.

About AIRFI.AERO
AirFi is the leading provider of flexible Wireless IFE system and mPOS cabin technology to the aviation and other mass-transport markets. Our world’s first and best-selling carry-on Wireless IFE streaming system – AirFi Box – has become THE benchmark equipment for an industry. AirFi is a full-service provider with highly configurable proprietary hardware, software and an expanding suite of customer success services covering content, connectivity, e-commerce and ancillary revenue generation.

AirFi’s interoperability with a multitude of onboard platforms – from our own “Connected Crew” mPOS technology powering many of the world’s crew onboard retail systems, to installing, connected steaming hardware – underlines our commitment to being a leading global partner for onboard digital transformation programs.

Designed to effectively and securely bridge the digital information gap between each client, their remote crews and millions of consumers on the move. AirFi is supported by Mainport Innovation Fund, founded by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Schiphol Group, Delft University of Technology and Rabobank.

Contact: Martin Cunnison | AirFi BV

+44 7966 757 335 | martin.cunnison@airfi.aero

Connect: @AirFi_aero | sales@airfi.aero | press@airfi.aero | www.airfi.aero


AirFi announces two new clients in the Middle East and Africa, Air Arabia and Air Seychelles join the AirFi Wireless IFE family.

Air Arabia becomes AirFi’s seventh customer in the vibrant Middle East North African market as AirFi asserts its market sector dominance, adding the region’s largest LCC fleet.

Air Seychelles sign agreement to deploy AirFi on its all new Airbus A320neo aircraft set to join the fleet from July 2019.

AT A GLANCE

  • Air Arabia has been a regional success story – MENA’s first and largest LCC – and recently celebrated its 15 years with the launch of a new brand identity.
  • AirFi “SkyTime” has entered into service across Air Arabia’s fleet of A320 aircraft.
  • Air Seychelles, 40% owned by Etihad, is the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles and is a pillar of tourism, the island nation’s strongest growing
    economic sector.
  • AirFi will provide wireless streaming inflight entertainment aboard its new Airbus
    A320neo aircraft.

June 17, 2019 – The Hague, Netherlands – AirFi, the leading provider of
flexible Wireless IFE systems and cabin retail technology, announces Air Arabia
has become its newest and largest customer in the Middle East region and Air
Seychelles have signed for AirFi Wireless IFE across their all-new A320neos.

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 travelers around the Gulf region, Northern Africa, Indian subcontinent, Russia, Central Asia and Europe.

“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.” comments Job Heimerikx, CEO AirFi.

Critical to the Air Arabia decision was a clear demonstration of the AirFi system’s flexibility, performance and reliability.

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles has selected AirFi for its new Airbus A320neo entertainment platform to modernise 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 seat-back 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.”

Job Heimerikx, Chief Executive Officer of AirFi highlighted: “We warmly welcome Air Seychelles to the AirFi family. We look forward in providing entertainment and joy to their passengers. AirFi’s robust structure makes the system ideal for operators in wonderful though remote places like the Seychelles.”

About AirFi.Aero

AirFi is the leading provider of flexible Wireless IFE system and mPOS cabin technology to the aviation and other mass-transport markets. Our world’s first and best-selling carry-on Wireless IFE streaming system – AirFi Box – has become THE benchmark equipment for an industry. AirFi is a full-service provider with highly configurable proprietary hardware, software and an expanding suite of customer success services covering content, connectivity, e-commerce and ancillary revenue generation.

AirFi’s interoperability with a multitude of onboard platforms – from our own “Connected Crew” mPOS technology powering many of the world’s crew onboard retail systems, to installed, connected steaming hardware – underlines our commitment to be a leading global partner for onboard digital transformation programs.

Designed to effectively and securely bridge the digital information gap between each client, their remote crews and millions of consumers on the move. AirFi is supported by Mainport Innovation Fund, founded by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Schiphol Group, Delft University of Technology and Rabobank.

Contact: Martin Cunnison | AirFi BV

+44 7966 757 335 | martin.cunnison@airfi.aero

Connect: @AirFi_aero | sales@airfi.aero | press@airfi.aero | www.airfi.aero

InnoFly flying with AirFi on 3 airlines in South Korea

InnoFly flying with AirFi on 3 airlines in South Korea

September 24, 2018

Boston, MA – September 24, 2018 – InnoFly is flying with the AirFi IFE solution on Tway, Asiana airline subsidiary Air Busan and Eastarjet and is in final negotiations with Korean air subsidiary Jin Air.

InnoFly launched the Inflight Entertainment in August 2018 across the 3 airlines simultaneously and is now adding fresh new content and special features using the AirFi platform. AirFi technology is now deployed on more than 1400 aircraft globally, enabling more than 100 million passengers yearly to connect their mobile devices to a world of inflight entertainment.

According to Sang Hyuk Lee, CEO of InnoFly, “Every airline in Korea is determined to offer their passengers great movies and television shows, music, travel information and shopping opportunities. Free content is supported by advertisements, while there are also options to pay for content and products.”

Martijn Moret, co-founder of AirFi and EVP AirFi Asia and Middle East, comments that “AirFi is committed to fully supporting InnoFly to adopt and improve our platform for the Korean market, whilst opening up InnoFly’s Korean content to our other customers across the region.”

About InnoFly

Innofly provides digital ancillary business opportunities to Korean carriers and has now deployed IFE Services across 73 aircraft with three Korean LCCs (Low Cost Carrier). Reaching over 12 million international passengers a year. Innofly has the exclusive rights for airlines in association with CJ ENM, the no.1 media content provider in Korea. CJ ENM provides 14 TV channels and 80% of Korean movies. Innofly is a subsidiary of “Innoride Incorporated”, a digital business advisory in Korea.

About AirFi

AirFi brings innovations to the cabin offering the unique platforms “AirFi” and “Connected Crew” designed especially for airlines to effectively and securely bridge the information gap between the company and its remote staff and passengers. AirFi is supported by NewRest, Mainport Innovation Fund, founded by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Schiphol Group, Delft University of Technology and Rabobank.

Sun Country to Launch AirFi’s New Wireless IFE System Variant

Sun Country to Launch AirFi’s New Wireless IFE System Variant

APEX Insight: Who says low-cost carriers can’t deliver entertainment for everyone on board? Sun Country, amid its shift to a new structure and operating profile, is retiring its limited deployment of rental tablets in favor of AirFi’s new wireless in-flight entertainment platform.

Sun Country Airlines will become the global launch customer for AirFi’s latest wireless in-flight entertainment variant. Starting in January 2019, the Minneapolis-St.Paul-based low-cost carrier will stream media aboard its 25 Boeing 737 aircraft using a new fully autonomous, semi-embedded (F.A.S.E.) solution from AirFi that requires zero interaction from the crew to operate and update.

The AirFi Boxes operate fully autonomously and use ADS-B and pressure sensors on board to control system operations, including when connected to public Wi-Fi networks and when performing other maintenance tasks.

A trio of AirFi’s Venus servers will be installed on each aircraft in Sun Country’s fleet and will remain fully autonomous from that point onward. The hardware is aircraft-powered, removing the battery challenges of earlier models. The systems will also be able to update content dynamically using cellular modems when on the ground. During the content update cycle, the Venus hardware offloads performance and payment data.

Brian Davis, Sun Country Airlines’ chief marketing officer, said the changing dynamics of passenger expectations, even on low cost carriers, influenced its decision to offer wireless IFE. “Passengers have come to expect a digital onboard entertainment offering as part of our in-flight experience and so a fully-managed wireless IFE service suited our future needs best.”

“Our challenge for this project was to elevate the onboard passenger experience without impacting our cost base, alongside our seat densification program to increase passenger load across the network.”  Brian Davis, Sun Country Airlines

While Sun Country Airlines will offer some free content for passengers, it will also charge a fee to access some premium content. “Our challenge for this project was to elevate the onboard passenger experience without impacting our cost base, alongside our seat densification program to increase passenger load across the network,” said Davis.

The deal with Sun Country comes in addition to a contract that AirFi secured with Bahamasair, the flag carrier of the Bahamas, to install Venus Box battery-powered systems on the airline’s four Boeing 737s. AirFi also announced it is opening a new office in Irvine, California, for its AirFi America division to support its airline customers in North America and drive further growth.

That growth will not only come from airlines, according to Eli Atiya, AirFi’s COO. Atiya believes that the new offices in Irvine, California, represent “[A] fantastic opportunity for AirFi America to really accelerate our footprint in this hugely significant market, both in aviation and other mass transit industries.” AirFi also opened a new headquarters in the Netherlands earlier this year.

Small Planet first airline to offer full Virtual Reality entertainment on board

Small Planet first airline to offer full Virtual Reality entertainment on board

Small Planet Airlines will begin offering virtual reality (VR) inflight entertainment on board some of its aircraft from 5th of September 2018. The fast-growing European leisure carrier has selected the Inflight VR solution, in a partnership with service provider Newrest’ TRE³ and connectivity provider AirFi, for offering its passengers the full benefit of virtual reality.

The service will initially be available on their Airbus A320s that are operated from Amsterdam to destinations in southern Europe such as the Canary Islands and Rhodes in Greece. After a successful implementation in the Netherlands, the plan is to progressively expand the service to further destinations towards the end of the year.

“We are very proud to be the first to offer this new in-flight entertainment feature to our passengers,” says Lina Griciuvienė Head of Inflight Services Division at Small Planet Airlines. “Being a fairly new player in the leisure travel field, we want to offer the best and most advanced, and are convinced this all new Inflight VR concept will greatly contribute to making the travel experience on board our aircraft much more pleasant, while also helping us push our ancillary revenues to the next level”.

“We are the largest AirFi user in the world. Every day on board our 28 aircraft there are around 200 AirFi boxes flying around, and our largest base in Katowice (Poland) accommodates 80 of them. As a young company, we are always hungry for new. So that is why we are extremely happy that we can put some innovation onboard and participate in the new project together with Inflight VR” says Piotr Bożyk Senior Inflight Specialist at Small Planet Airlines responsible for the AirFi project.

Using a highly ergonomic, fully stand-alone and autonomous headset, Small Planet passengers can get completely immersed into a virtual reality world, hereby forgetting they are in a space-restricted cabin. They will not only be able to watch videos or a theatre play in VR, but can also explore interesting places as if they were there. They can, seamlessly practise certain relaxing activities, go VR shopping, or enjoy some conventional gaming.

The programme contents, developed in this instance in partnership with connectivity provider AirFi, are fully tailored to Small Planet’s specific requirements and adapted to the inflight environment, hereby avoiding any risk of potential motion sickness. “AirFi always likes to be in the forefront of supporting cabin innovations and Inflight VR is a great example of this”, comments AirFi CEO Job Heimerikx.

Furthermore, through its partnership with logistics and duty-free provider TRE³, Inflight VR provides the airlines with the benefit of generating additional ancillary revenues through a series of sales opportunities on premium contents and other such programmes, including gaming and VR connection to outside vendors. “As innovation and technology is part of the TRE³ core business, we are delighted to participate in the Virtual Reality (VR) journey of the aviation world with Inflight VR. With pride, we are serving Small Planet as the first customer to bring passenger experience to new heights!”, says TRE³’ Country Manager Jalal Zriouil.

“Seeing a young, dynamic and forward-looking carrier like Small Planet select our in-flight VR entertainment system is a great endorsement of our concept”, adds Inflight VR Chief Commercial Officer Raphael Baumann. “We look very much forward to the deployment of this partnership and its subsequent successful expansion”.

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Note to the editors:

Small Planet Airlines is a European leisure carrier operating in different European bases (including Lithuania, Poland, Germany, France, the Netherlands) and Asia. Holding Air Operator‘s Certificates in Lithuania, Poland, Germany and Cambodia, the airline works with the biggest Tour Operators and flies passengers to popular holiday destinations in Spain, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, etc. Currently Small Planet Airlines‘ fleet consists of 20 Airbus A320 and 8 A321 aircraft.

Inflight VR is a limited liability company (GmbH) headquartered in Munich, Germany, with an operational office in Barcelona, Spain. Established in 2014, its multinational team of virtual reality software specialists has developed a unique concept enabling a seamless deployment of a fully immersive and high quality virtual reality (VR) entertainment system on board aircraft and other transport vehicles, thanks to individual stand-alone VR headsets.

For more information please contact:

Nikolas Jaeger nikolas.jaeger@inflight-vr.com Mob: +49 157 51 63 92 55

Barbara Kracht barbara.kracht@inflight-vr.com Mob: +33 6 48 69 77 07

Piotr Bożyk      p.bozyk@smallplanet.aero     Mob: +48 601 271 902

You can also visit our website: https://inflight-vr.com/

AirFi announced three new Korean airline customers and a partnership with Dance 24 at APEX EXPO last week.

AirFi announced three new Korean airline customers and a partnership with Dance 24 at APEX EXPO last week.

Innofly, a provider of digital ancillary business opportunities for Korean carriers, has deployed in-flight entertainment for Eastar Jet, T’way Air and Asiana Airlines subsidiary Air Busan, using the AirFi platform. Having launched simultaneously with the three carriers in August 2018, Innofly is now also in final negotiations with Korean Air subsidiary Jin Air.

“Every airline in Korea is determined to offer their passengers great movies and television shows, music, travel information and shopping opportunities,” said Sang Hyuk Lee, CEO of InnoFly. “Free content is supported by advertisements, while there are also options to pay for content and products.”

AirFi has also secured global distribution rights for Dance 24, adding audio and video content from the electronic dance music (EDM) scene to its in-flight entertainment catalog. Passengers will be able to see live streams and recordings of DJ sets, documentaries, interviews and more, from international festivals like Ultra, Mysteryland and Awakenings, featuring DJs such as Armin van Buuren, Tiesto and David Guetta.

“We are hugely excited to have the exclusive rights for the travel industry to bring these mega dance music events to the world’s travelers,” said Martin Cunnison, CCO at AirFi. “At the same time we’ve removed all the uncertainty of music streaming licenses as DANCE 24 is 100% rights cleared.”