KLM selects AirFi for flexible, rapid deployment Wireless IFE solutions across its iconic Boeing 747 fleet

In this 50th anniversary of the “Queen of the Skies” and the airline’s Centenary year, AirFi proudly announces KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has selected AirFi Portable Wireless IFE for its 747 fleet.

  • Thirteen KLM B747-400s have been enhanced with the latest generation AirFi Wireless IFE systems, launched simultaneously fleet-wide in April 2019.
  • AirFi will – for the first time – be deployed alongside installed seat-back IFE screens
  • AirFi selected for remaining B747-400 fleet after a successful trial period over recent months
  • KLM will leverage AirFi to expand its onboard content offer to reach new audiences and gain insight into passenger digital interaction onboard.

Find out more about AirFi and meet our dedicated Europe team at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg from Apr 1 to Apr 4, 2019  STAND 2D66

APRIL 3, 2019 – HAMBURG, Germany  AirFi, the leading provider of flexible Wireless IFE systems and cabin retail technology, announced that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has become its latest customer in Europe.

Since creating the world’s first portable Wireless IFE system back in 2014, the aviation industry has contemplated whether the popularity of Wi-Fi personal device based IFE systems will be the death of traditional wired in-seat systems? AirFi will for the first time be deployed alongside existing installed IFE to enhance the experience on the 747s.

“The quality of the current inflight entertainment in the Boeing 747-400s is no longer of the level that it should be. Because the aircraft will disappear completely from the fleet in the coming years, investing in new [embedded] systems is no longer profitable. With the AirFi system onboard, we can provide the passengers with high quality content via their own mobile devices.” said Rene de Groot, COO KLM.

KLM, the world’s oldest airline operating under the same name for a century, had planned to fully retire its 747s by 2020, but by deferring its A350 deliveries last year, has given this fleet an extended active life.

“As a relative newcomer to this vibrant industry, we are honored to have our own small part to play in the lifetime of this legendary aircraft. We are hugely proud that KLM and AirFi will become the first to deploy a full-spec portable wireless IFE system alongside an existing installed in-seat IFE system.” adds Job Heimerikx, CEO AirFi

KLM News

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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

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Lion Air Group and AirFi sign the biggest ever agreement for full fleet-wide equipage of Portable Wireless IFEC systems

Lion Air, Indonesia’s largest airline, the second largest LCC in Southeast Asia and Global Top 20 LCC, announced today at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2019 Hamburg that they have signed an agreement with AirFi Indonesia, the Jakarta-based division of the leading provider of mobile onboard passenger and cabin retail technology to deploy Wireless IFE across the 200+ aircraft Lion Air Group fleets.

AirFi and LION AIR at a glance:

  • AirFi selected for all Lion Air Group airlines: Lion Air and Wings Air (LCCs), Batik Air, Malindo and Thai Lion (full service carriers)
  • Group fleet includes regional (ATR42/72)), narrow body (A320 and B737) and wide-body (A330 and B747).
  • 215 aircraft in first wave, expanding with fleet growth
  • An industry First-of-Kind deployment of Portable Wireless IFEC across a complete airline group fleet comprising of regional, narrow- and wide-body aircraft with both low cost and full service carrier operations
  • Long term contract including options to upgrade to AirFi LEO, lightweight connectivity
  • Fully managed service (hardware, software, content and revenue generation)
  • AirFi Asia operations expanded in the largest ASEAN nations: Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam
  • Lion Air Group expands AirFi Asia Pacific client portfolio to 14 airlines and more than doubles aircraft numbers in region to over 400.

APRIL 2, 2019 – HAMBURG, Gerrmany  AirFi, the aviation industry’s leading provider of portable Wireless In-Flight Entertainment systems and cabin retail technology and Lion Air Group, Indonesia’s largest airline and second largest Southeast Asian airline by fleet size, today announced they have signed a binding agreement to equip the entire group’s narrow- and wide-body aircraft and for all new aircraft deliveries.

Lion Air Group becomes the largest AirFi Wireless IFE customer by fleet size, the deal further underlining the capability of AirFi to meet the needs of the largest and most complex fleet operators.

“This is truly a landmark moment for AirFi.” comments Satish Mahtani, MD AirFi Indonesia. “It is a tremendous endorsement from Lion Air Group to put AirFi 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 AirFi’s product and supporting systems and services.” continues Mahtani.

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.

“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 AirFi 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.” adds Martijn Moret, AirFi Co-Founder, EVP Commercial for Asia Pacific and Middle East.

Find out more about AirFi and meet our dedicated teams at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg from Apr 1 to Apr 4, 2019  STAND 2D66

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

DRM-protected movies NOW available without app

DRM-protected movies NOW available without app

Thomas Cook Group Airlines more than triples AirFi equipped aircraft for Summer 2018 season and Warner Bros named first major Hollywood Studio to approve its non-App browser-based DRM technology.

AirFi Wireless IFE is expanding from 10 aircraft last year to 34 Thomas Cook and Condor short-haul leased aircraft. AirFi clients now have access to Warner Brothers’ extensive Wi-Fi streaming catalogue – all without the need for passengers to preload an App.

March 22, 2018 – THE HAGUE:  AirFi, the market-leading provider of portable, wireless IFE and onboard digital cabin management platforms, reveals two major developments ahead of its busiest ever summer season.

Thomas Cook Group Airlines confirmed at AirFi’s inaugural Innovation Day last week that it will expand the number of AirFi equipped short-haul leased aircraft from 10 in 2017 to 34 for the summer 2018 season.

In addition, AirFi also announced that it has received formal approval from Warner Brothers – the first of the six major Hollywood Studios – for its game-changing browser-based DRM technology that allows passengers to stream DRM-protected content without the need to download Apps in advance.

“Passenger feedback shows they want IFE on the short-haul leased aircraft we use during the summer and we have seen conversion for browser-based IFE like AirFi is a lot higher than an app-based IFE. This summer we will have an enhanced content selection, integrated sales of AirFi premium access codes through the crew’s onboard sales devices, enhanced complimentary destination content and we will be introducing new ways to drive revenues through content-related advertising.” commented Tracy Barr, Head of Product at Thomas Cook Group Airlines.

Enabling clients to gain access to the widest possible choice of premium content, yet keep to the core principle of universal access for any device – via a browser not an app – has been a motivating factor for AirFi.

Together with preferred CSP West Entertainment, AirFi introduced non-DRM content from a number of highly supportive leading APEX distributors early last year, including the independent Hollywood studios and major TV distributors like Turner, CBS, ITV, Discovery and BBC.

Gaining the first approval for non-App DRM content is another watershed moment for AirFi.

“We are delighted to announce AirFi will be featuring content from the iconic Warner Bros studios. We serve a great many leisure traveller-focused airlines around the world so as you can imagine there is huge excitement to offer passengers blockbuster movies and hit TV series from the WB stable such as DC Comics, LEGO, Lara Croft, Harry Potter and Big Bang Theory.” added Martin Cunnison, CCO AirFi

Find out more about the latest digital innovations AirFi are bringing to market to elevate the passenger and crew experience at Booth 2E65 at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, April 10-12.

Thomas Cook Group Airlines to expand Sunstream wireless IFE offering with AirFi, as latest plans are unveiled at AirFi’s inaugural Innovation Day

Thomas Cook Group Airlines to expand Sunstream wireless IFE offering with AirFi, as latest plans are unveiled at AirFi’s inaugural Innovation Day

March 14 – THE HAGUE: Speaking at last week’s AirFi Innovation Day in The Hague, Tracy Barr, Head of Product, Thomas Cook Group Airlines, revealed that 34 aircraft will be flying with the AirFi Wireless IFE platform this summer season; an increase of 24 compared to last year. “Passenger feedback shows that they want IFE included on the short-haul leased aircraft that we use during the summer,” she said.

Passengers connect to the AirFi service and stream content via a browser, removing the need to download an app ahead of the flight. Thomas Cook’s own content can be accessed for free, while other content – including movies, TV shows, viral videos, magazines and games – can be accessed for €4/£4.

“We have seen that the conversion for browser-based IFE like AirFi is a lot higher than an app-based IFE,” Barr stated. ”This summer we will have an enhanced content selection, integrated sales of AirFi premium access codes through the crew’s onboard sales devices, enhanced complimentary destination content and we will be introducing new ways to drive revenues through content-related advertising.

Meanwhile, during the AirFi Innovation Day, which also included the opening of the company’s awesome new HQ in The Hague, AirFi revealed a number of product enhancements that are currently in the works.

It is working with as-yet-unnamed antenna providers with a view to expanding its offer to include connectivity that supports low-bandwidth applications such as instant messaging and real-time transaction verification inflight.

And that the Venus AirFi Box – the latest version of the company’s portable IFE solution – now supports fully-autonomous operations, thanks to in-built technology that gives it real-time location and state awareness. Automating the process of the boxes switching on and off, configuring flight details and transferring data to and from the aircraft to the cloud, and so removing the need for flight crew to manually undertake these tasks.

AirFi announces Eli Atiya joins board as Chief Operating Officer

AirFi announces Eli Atiya joins board as Chief Operating Officer

AirFi, the market-leading provider of portable digital onboard platforms, hires Eli Atiya to its management board in the position of COO.

 

  • With AirFi technologies now being deployed on over 700 aircraft across 55 airlines worldwide and expanding fast into the rail and coach sectors, Eli Atiya, takes charge of the key leadership role for the company’s operations.
  • Eli has held senior management positions at two of the leading Tier 1 suppliers into the IFE marketplace – Rockwell and Panasonic – and has an extensive track record leading operational teams.
  • Eli starts March 1st and will be based in AirFi’s new bespoke corporate headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands with oversight of the Global Delivery, Customer Success teams and the company’s European and Indian based Technical and Development teams.

March 1, 2018 – THE HAGUE:  AirFi, the market-leading provider of portable onboard digital platforms, today announced it has filled another key board position, hiring Eli Atiya, 55, in the position of Chief Operating Officer.

Eli starts today, based in the company’s new, bespoke corporate headquarters in The Hague with board level responsibility for the company’s Delivery, Customer Success (account management), Technical and Development teams across its growing global footprint.

“I’m delighted to welcome Eli to the board to take the helm of our rapidly expanding global operations. Having more than doubled our business last year and with the pace unrelenting this year, finding the right person to fill the critical role of COO was of central importance to our growth plan. Eli has a great background leading operational teams at two of the best known companies in the IFE marketplace, and his diverse experience from other industries will also prove invaluable. I’m very much looking forward to working closely with Eli as we build AirFi into a global force.”, comments Job Heimerikx, CEO.

Eli has spent nearly twenty years in the inflight entertainment (IFE) industry in various management roles at Hughes, Rockwell Collins and Panasonic Avionics. Having also held the COO position at a global logistics corporation in the Netherlands and as Managing Director of a fleet management organisation, Eli brings a wide range of operational excellence experience to the company as it moves into a phase of fast scale-up.

“AirFi has emerged as a clear market leader in its field of expertise, providing rapid deployment portable digital onboard platforms to the aviation market and increasingly into other mass-transportation verticals. Joining the company at this stage in its growth cycle presents an extremely exciting opportunity to implement world-class operational performance standards and I’m very much looking forward to working with Job and the rest of the team to make that happen.” adds Eli Atiya, COO.

Meet Eli and the team at the industry’s premier expo, Aircraft Interiors in Hamburg, between April 10 and 12, where AirFi will be showcasing its latest innovations for its AirFi Wireless IFE and Connected Crew platforms.

AirFi will be located at AIX18, Hamburg Messe in the IFE Zone, Booth 2E65.

AirFi Indonesia signs its first two airline clients in third month of operations and AirFi Group inks second regional partner deal, with major Asia-Pacific caterer, mirroring MENA regional expansion plans revealed last month

AirFi Indonesia signs its first two airline clients in third month of operations and AirFi Group inks second regional partner deal, with major Asia-Pacific caterer, mirroring MENA regional expansion plans revealed last month

AirFi Wireless IFE will soon be flying on 50 aircraft operated by Sriwijaya Air and subsidiary NAM Air based in Jakarta. The new long-term partnership with a major Singapore-based in-flight caterer will accelerate rollout of AirFi crew and passenger digital platforms across more airlines in the world’s fastest growing aviation region.

This month, meet our APAC Regional Team and find out more about AirFi and Connected Crew at Booth F28 during the Aviation Festival Asia in Singapore, February 27th and 28th.

  • 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 (source: http://www.iata.org/pressroom/pr/Pages/2017-10-24-01.aspx)
  • AirFi now has three fully resourced bases serving the region: AirFi Development Hub in Banglaore, India, AirFi Indonesia in Jakarta and Regional Partner HQ in Singapore
  • AirFi technologies quickly becoming one of the industry’s fastest-selling technologies for onboard digital passenger and crew service transformation.
  • All new clients deploying Next Generation AirFi “Venus” Boxes integrated with Connected Crew onboard retail EPOS and cabin management terminals delivering a 360-degree onboard digital retail environment.

February 27, 2018 – SINGAPORE:  AirFi, provider of the market-leading portable onboard WiFi platform and one of the fastest-growing onboard cabin management technology suites, announced today major new growth milestones achieved. These new deals firmly establish AirFi, here in Asia-Pacific, the world’s fastest-growing aviation region.

Only three months after signing a joint venture agreement to form AirFi Indonesia – at a previous trade show event here in Singapore – the newly fledged company announced today it has inked deals with home-based airlines Sriwijaya and NAM Air.

“I’m thrilled to announce the signing of our first two AirFi Indonesia client airlines. Sriwijaya are 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 5 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.” commented Satish Mahtani, AirFi Indonesia Managing Director.

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

“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 forecast 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.” commented Job Heimerikx, AirFi CEO.

AirFi 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.

Meet AirFi at Booth F28 at the Aviation Festival Asia in Singapore, Feb 27-28.

AirFi off to a flying start in 2018, signing two new large airline clients, a major contract expansion and a landmark deal to expand and support its rapidly growing Middle East and North Africa footprint

AirFi off to a flying start in 2018, signing two new large airline clients, a major contract expansion and a landmark deal to expand and support its rapidly growing Middle East and North Africa footprint

AirFi Wireless IFE will be soon be flying on another 90 aircraft and through a new long-term partnership with a major Middle Eastern caterer, 200 further aircraft will be operating its sister platform, Connected Crew digital cabin assistant & EPOS.

AirFi is showcasing its latest product & service innovations at Booth #114 during the Aircraft Interiors Middle East in Dubai, January 23rd and 24th). 

  • AirFi technologies will now be deployed on over 650 aircraft worldwide across over 50 clients worldwide. Further details regarding the new deployments to be revealed as services go live to passengers.
  • New deals underline AirFi’s long-term suitability, reliability & flexibility in meeting airlines’ onboard digital transformation’ needs.
  • All new clients are deploying the Next Generation AirFi “Venus” Boxes with launch customers having gone live over the past few months.
  • New regional catering partner will extend Connected Crew onboard retail EPOS and cabin management software suite to its sister group airlines and other customers.

 

January 23, 2018 – DUBAI:  AirFi, the market-leading provider of portable onboard digital platforms, today announced another round of major new contracts to further expand its airline portfolio. AirFi continues to add new clients every month, underlining the long term strategic relevance of its platforms to airlines undertaking digital transformations of their onboard offer.

“Welcoming two new larger fleet operators into the AirFi client family and tripling the AirFi-enabled fleet at one of our longest-standing airline customers, represents a hugely exciting opportunity for us and the level of confidence our clients have in our technologies and capabilities.

Again, all three customers have opted to entrust AirFi with our fully-outsourced turnkey service, providing not just the AirFi Wi-Fi platform but also sourcing a wide range of curated content across international and regional distributors and adding to the number of languages and written script variants that AirFi now supports.

We are continually looking at how AirFi can be as simple and powerful to deploy across large fleets as it is for smaller fleet operators and into new markets. We are already seeing a high level of interest in our simple but elegant aircraft-powered alternative to using the 24-hour battery power, so AirFi Boxes remain classified as carry-on equipment, but can stay onboard instead of rotating daily with the catering bar sets.

The magnitude of this new deal with a major regional catering organisation in the Middle East, really underlines how robust and adaptable our technologies are considered, being slated for rapid deployment throughout their entire organisation.” comments Job Heimerikx, CEO.

Meet AirFi at Booth 114 at the Aircraft Interiors Middle East in Dubai on Jan 23 and 24.

AirFi launches “AirFi Indonesia” with local strategic partner to advance its Asia Pacific client opportunities and boost ancillary sales

AirFi launches “AirFi Indonesia” with local strategic partner to advance its Asia Pacific client opportunities and boost ancillary sales
  • AirFi today signed a key strategic partnership with PT. Dua Surya Dinamika, an Indonesian Entity led by Satish Mahtani. The company will operate under the name of AirFi Indonesia.
  • AirFi Indonesia will focus on the Indonesian market and will supply several airline customers from their Jakarta based office.
  • First airline customers are to be announced during FTE Asia Expo 2017.

November 7, 2017 – Singapore:  AirFi, the market-leading provider of portable onboard Wi-Fi platforms, today announced an important strategic partnership, creating AirFi Indonesia, at the Future Travel Experience in Singapore this week. AirFi Indonesia will act as an independent company operating from Jakarta.

“We are very delighted with this new partnership. AirFi Indonesia will, as we also do in other countries like Romania and Colombia, act as independent partner to ensure the best possible product/market fit. The global reach of AirFi teamed with the intimate local market knowledge from our expert partners has proven to be a winning formula for us. We believe AirFi Indonesia will be highly successful in transforming the digital passenger experience in this exciting aviation market. We will also be announcing AirFi Indonesia’s launch clients during the FTE show in Singapore.” explains Job Heimerikx, CEO AirFi.

“As AirFi Indonesia we will rapidly assist airlines to monetise time on board while providing exquisite entertainment to Indonesian passengers”, adds Satish Mahtani, Managing Director of AirFi Indonesia. “We are delighted to start innovating the fast growing aviation industry in the Thousand Islands Country”.

ITV teams with AirFi to launch “ITV Inflight”: game-changing ‘same-day’ Catch-Up TV service and must-see Boxsets

ITV teams with AirFi to launch “ITV Inflight”: game-changing ‘same-day’ Catch-Up TV service and must-see Boxsets

Thomas Cook named as launch customer for latest AirFi premium content collaboration, with ITV plc, the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster

  • AirFi and ITV tie-up to enable same day episodes as UK transmission, last 7/14 days and boxsets catalogue
  • ITV shows include most watched soaps, sports and family entertainment in the UK
  • Next Gen AirFi Box offers 1TB and up of data storage and daily updates enable ‘always-fresh’ content
  • All through browser: No Apps Required!

June 26, 2017 – DUBLIN: AirFi, the market-leading provider of portable onboard Wi-Fi platforms, is thrilled to unveil another major innovation in its growing Premium Content portfolio at the Future Travel Experience Conference here in Dublin. See the demo at the FTE Europe AIrFi Booth E21 at RDS, Dublin on Jun 26-27, 2017.

AirFi and the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster, ITV plc, announced today the launch of “ITV Inflight” – must-see catch up TV and boxsets, on-demand, at 30,000ft. And jointly are delighted to confirm that Thomas Cook Airlines will launch the service aboard selected AirFi-equipped aircraft this summer.

The award-winning AirFi Box enables ITV to create a similar experience inflight that over 17 million registered users enjoy through the ITV Hub, its terrestrial on-demand service.

The efficacy of AirFi daily operational and content upload cycles means passengers will soon be enjoying the very latest episodes of many of their favourite ITV shows, even on the same day inflight as national UK transmission (first-play) date. Crucially too, ITV Inflight fits AirFi’s mission to source the best content that does not require pre-flight App downloads.

“The UK & Ireland market presents an enormous opportunity for AirFi and many airlines represented here in Dublin over these next two days will immediately understand the potential of ITV Inflight. Blockbuster shows featuring on ITV Inflight are set to include Coronation St, The Voice, Love Island, I’m A Celebrity, Jeremy Kyle, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. Shows that consistently draw huge UK and international TV audiences, but also dominate daily news, gossip columns, social media and watercoolers. ITV Inflight reimagines inflight entertainment. It starts to make IFE feel like the experience we all now expect at home – the latest catch up episodes & binge-worthy boxsets of the biggest and best shows, on-demand.” says Job Heimerikx, CEO of AirFi.

“We are hugely excited to partner with AirFi and Thomas Cook Airlines to launch ITV Inflight this summer. ITV Hub had over 1 billion requests for the first time in 2016 and the potential to significantly expand our content reach into the largely ‘offline’ inflight market attracted us to the flexibility and daily content update capability of the AirFi platform. We have created ITV Inflight to be deployed either as a free-to-air or premium pay-per-access service, mirroring the structure of ITV Hub. Across the travel journey, ITV Inflight will also provide the missing link between the UK’s ITV Hub and our international subscription service, ITV Essentials.” comments Ben Halabi, Business Development Manager, Pay & Distribution ITV plc

As the most recognizable name in travel and one of the UK’s biggest leisure airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines operate a seasonal (ACMI) fleet of aircraft equipped with AirFi. Having recently launched an enhanced premium content package on the AirFi fleet, the addition of ITV Inflight enhances the value proposition for passengers flying this summer.

“We are delighted to be the first airline ever to launch ITV Inflight through our close collaboration with AirFi. ITV and Thomas Cook customer demographics are highly matched, so ITV Inflight’s catch up and boxsets is a perfect addition to drive adoption of our pay-to-access premium IFE packages. Our passengers want to see the very latest episodes of their favourite shows and that simply hasn’t been possible to deliver economically via other IFE systems.” adds Ben Todd, Head of Communications, Thomas Cook Airlines.

AirFi launches Premium Content packages for airlines

AirFi launches Premium Content packages for airlines

AirFi Box IFE streaming platform now features latest Hollywood movies, hit TV shows, viral videos, best-selling digital newspapers and magazines without requiring passengers to download an app.

• AirFi Box security approved by leading Hollywood Studios and other major distributors
• Premium Content packages affordable and easy to modify or update for airlines, while studio content remains safe from piracy
• Partnership with LA-based boutique CSP West Entertainment instrumental in creation of premium offering.

April 24,, 2017 – BERLIN: AirFi, the market-leading provider of portable onboard Wi-Fi platforms to airlines, today announced that has launched an innovative and truly economical new range of curated Premium Content packages for all airline customers.

AirFi and West Entertainment, the LA-based boutique content service provider founded by industry innovators Rick Warren and Kate Groth, have collaborated closely to tailor an offering of premium movies & TV content designed to meet AirFi’s diverse client portfolio requirements. From this offering, airlines can build their own packages of content based on passenger demographic, budget, content renewal cycles, viewing data, or other criteria.

“AirFi encouraged us at West Entertainment – as well as the wider international content community – to collaborate and find new ways to keep pricing as lean as possible for even their smallest airline fleet operators. We examined ways to supply without the need for DRM protection where possible, thus avoiding the hassle of airlines having to introduce native apps for passengers to view the content onboard. We’ve been delighted with the response.” said Kate Groth, VP Everything, West Entertainment.

Job Heimerikx, CEO AirFi commented: “Having now grown to 30 airline clients, we’re even more dedicated to keeping the AirFi passenger experience the best in the industry. That means considering all demographics, regions, languages and technologies. We can now offer a full suite of international entertainment options, sourcing premium content from leading movie studios, TV distributors, online news & entertainment platforms and digital publishing houses. As ever, it is also our mission to translate this into simplified and highly competitive pricing.”

In recent months, AirFi secured formal security approval from a number of key IFE content suppliers, including major and independent Hollywood studios and TV distributors. Increasingly, these content sources are providing their premium content to AirFi without DRM (digital rights management) or by using AirFi’s “app-free” technology, where DRM is required.

Packages consist of new release and classic feature films, top-rated television box-set and catch up series – where comedies, dramas, documentaries and kids programming feature highly.

“We based our new Premium Content offer on three simple tiered-pricing levels that start as low as €500 per package per aircraft per month,” says Heimerikx. “We can then flex these to meet individual airline requirements. Over half of our client base immediately responded with requests for proposals and our first Premium Content customers go live in May this year,” he adds.