Air Cairo, one of the fastest-growing airlines in Africa, is to equip its growing fleet with Moment’s wireless IFE system, Flymingo.

Moment enters MENA market with Air Cairo

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Air Cairo, one of the fastest-growing airlines in Africa, is to equip its growing fleet with Moment’s wireless IFE system, Flymingo.

Air Cairo, one of the fastest-growing airlines in Africa, is to equip its growing fleet with Moment’s wireless IFE system, Flymingo.

Based in Cairo, the airline operates seven aircrafts (Airbus A320-200 and Airbus A320-ceo & neo aircraft) and is contracted to add three more aircraft by the end of the year and is planning to reach 19 aircraft by the end of 2024.

The airline has selected Moment to support its growing network ambitions with a cutting-edge digital entertainment service designed to enhance the customer experience while providing new opportunities to generate ancillary revenues in-flight. For Air Cairo, it was essential to offer a personalised digital traveller experience as an increasing number of passengers bring their smartphones or tablets aboard.

“We were on the lookout for a full-service IFE company that could support us in all aspects from provisioning the hardware, to creating an engaging IFE portal and sourcing a variety of content,” said Hussein Sherif, Chairman & CEO at Air Cairo.

The seamless, multi-DRM and browser-based platform, with a capacity of 100 simultaneous streaming sessions,  gives passengers the opportunity to choose entertainment programs from an international and Arabic catalogue of films, documentaries or podcasts.

“We came to Moment to push the boundaries of what’s possible when using digital technology in an offline environment,” added Sherif. “The Flymingo Box has a number of attributes that other typical systems do not have. It’s a genuine enterprise system that supports our organization’s safety, access controls and scalability requirements.”

“We are pleased to strengthen Air Cairo’s customer offering by providing the airline with an unparalleled entertainment service. This partnership is also a big step for Moment as we enter the African and Middle East aviation market,” said Tanguy Morel, Moment CEO.

Inflight Dublin has been awarded the contract for the provision of content and wireless inflight entertainment (IFE) services by Danish charter airline Sunclass Airlines

Sunclass Airlines opts for Inflight Dublin for IFE services

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Inflight Dublin has been awarded the contract for the provision of content and wireless inflight entertainment (IFE) services by Danish charter airline Sunclass Airlines

Inflight Dublin has been awarded the contract for the provision of content and wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) services by Danish charter airline Sunclass Airlines.

As of July 2021, Inflight Dublin will begin providing its wireless IFE solution, Everhub, on board Sunclass Airlines’ A321 aircraft, while also providing content services across their A330 fleet. The content catalogue consists of Hollywood movies, TV shows, boxsets, music, and publications. Also included is the revenue-generating gaming platform, Gladia8tor Gaming.

“Broadening our partnership with Inflight Dublin is a reflection of our commitment to further engage with our passengers and to create exciting new revenue streams. The quick turnaround time and the utilisation of one supplier for both our content and wireless IFE requirements will ensure an efficient and flexible setup, rollout and future expansion of this innovative service. As we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis, we are delighted to have Inflight Dublin’s continued support and to avail of their Wireless IFE solution, Everhub. It will be an exciting addition to our in-flight service for our loyal passengers,” commented Christina Pedersen, Sunclass Airlines’ Customer Experience Manager.

“Sunclass Airlines’ decision to continue our partnership for content services while also introducing Everhub on their narrow body aircraft gives us great pride and further validates that Everhub is the leading Wireless IFE solution in the market. With the endless possibilities our scalable solution offers, Sunclass Airlines and Inflight Dublin will be building on the initial rollout with a range of engaging features to delight passengers and generate additional revenues in the near future” stated Barry Flynn, Inflight Dublin’s CCO.

UK start-up airline flypop has selected Bluebox Aviation Systems to provide an ancillary revenue generating retail and in-flight entertainment solution on board its Airbus A330 aircraft.

flypop selects Bluebox Wireless IFE

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UK start-up airline flypop has selected Bluebox Aviation Systems to provide an ancillary revenue generating retail and in-flight entertainment solution on board its Airbus A330 aircraft.

UK start-up airline flypop has selected Bluebox Aviation Systems to provide an ancillary revenue generating retail and in-flight entertainment solution on board its Airbus A330 aircraft.

The airline is scheduled to launch with its initial aircraft in October thereafter adding an aircraft every six months, targeting the visiting friends and relatives (VFR) traveller market.

From launch, Bluebox will be deploying aircraft-powered Bluebox Wow wireless IFE (W-IFE), that will enable several ancillary revenue streams for the airline, most by directly engaging with passengers via their own personal devices during their flight. The retail solution will enable touch-free ordering and payments for food & beverages as well as gifts and other onboard retail products and will support the airline’s trolley-based retail. Though available once on board, passengers will also be able to pre-purchase IFE access within the booking path. Bluebox will also enable other ancillary revenue generating features and content, such as Gladi8tor Gaming, through LXM Group.

flypop’s Founding Director and Chief Technology Officer, Bobby Bhakar said: “Flying long-haul flights on a low-cost basis means we have to be creative in how we balance revenue and service. Thankfully, Bluebox’s wireless IFE platform provides a means to deliver both – for flypop to generate revenue at the same time we can offer services to keep our passengers engaged and entertained on board during our direct flights between the UK and South Asia.”

Passengers travelling on flydubai's 737 MAX aircraft offers a flatbed in Business Class and enhanced IFE offerings.

flydubai invests in enhancing its onboard experience

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Passengers travelling on flydubai's 737 MAX aircraft offers a flatbed in Business Class and enhanced IFE offerings.

flydubai has unveiled a redesigned passenger experience and added onboard offering during this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM).

The Dubai-based airline has recently introduced a complimentary in-flight entertainment (IFE) streaming service to its fleet of Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The new digital streaming solution is offered by AIRTIME, the carrier’s Wi-Fi connectivity provider.

flydubai’s 36 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft are phasing out seatback entertainment systems in the economy cabin in favour of complimentary IFE streamed wirelessly to personal mobile devices, laptops and tablets.

Daniel Kerrison, Vice President Inflight Product at flydubai, said: “The onset of the pandemic in 2020 has reshaped the way people travel and the way airlines operate. We have taken all necessary precautionary measures to safeguard our passengers and that meant doing things differently. We temporarily discontinued our onboard duty-free sales, altered the meal service to individually packed meals, disabled our touch screens and limited movement in the cabin. A year on, we have gradually and safely reintroduced some of the onboard services and continue to add new features to enhance our onboard experience.”

Passengers travelling in Business Class will continue to enjoy complimentary access to flydubai’s IFE on their dedicated HD touchscreens with audio content, games and a selection of more than 150 TV series and films from Arabic cinema, Bollywood, Hollywood, Russian cinema and many more.

Commenting on the launch of the new content streaming service, Kerrison added: “flydubai is committed to meeting the needs of its passengers. In-flight entertainment and Wi-Fi connectivity have become an essential part of the travel experience. The new complimentary streaming service will enable more passengers to stay entertained for the duration of their flights. We will add more content in additional languages in the coming few months.

“We are very pleased that Wi-Fi connectivity is now available on 40 of our fleet of 50 Boeing 737 aircraft. Whether they prefer to stay connected for the duration of their flight, or opt to disconnect and enjoy our in-flight entertainment, passengers can now enjoy more options from flydubai. We continue to invest in technology and enhancing our product offering. Over the next few months, we will roll out more services including our new online eShop for passengers to pre-purchase a selection of hundreds of products VAT-free, to be delivered to their seat during the flight. We will also see the introduction of Bluetooth headphone pairing on our Boeing MAX aircraft allowing passengers to bring their own headphones and connect wirelessly to our award-winning seat-back entertainment system,” added Kerrison.

Passengers travelling on a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft can enjoy more comfort and an enhanced travel experience. The new cabin offering features a flatbed in Business Class and in addition to the extra space and privacy, passengers can sleep comfortably during their flight. Economy Class offers new Recaro seats, which are designed to optimise space and comfort.

flydubai’s Boeing 737 MAX aircraft also features IFE with a full HD, 11.6-inch screen, with a wide selection of movies, TV shows, music and games in English, Arabic and Russian. Passengers can enjoy complimentary seatback IFE in Business Class or purchase IFE packages when travelling in Economy Class.

In addition, the Boeing Sky interior with its gently-sculpted sidewalls and its smooth-flowing lines provides passengers with a more relaxing travel environment.

Nigeria’s Air Peace is to trial Inflight Dublin's Wireless IFE solution, Everhub.

Air Peace trials wireless IFE

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Nigeria’s Air Peace is to trial Inflight Dublin's Wireless IFE solution, Everhub.

Nigeria’s Air Peace is to trial Inflight Dublin’s Wireless IFE solution, Everhub.

Inflight Dublin will equip Air Peace’s brand-new Embraer 195-E2 aircraft with the DO-160G certified Everhub Portable wireless server. The browser-based software platform features secure DRM streaming and a fully-customisable Graphical User Interface (GUI) to align with Air Peace’s brand guidelines. The content package consists of Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows, International content, documentaries, publications, and games from Inflight Dublin’s innovative gaming platform, Gladi8tor Gaming.

“We have benefitted from Inflight Dublin’s expertise in the in-flight entertainment industry for many years, allowing us to provide the best on-trend and engaging content to our passengers during their flight. Introducing wireless IFE onboard was something we had been eagerly investigating and Inflight Dublin’s wireless solution ticked all the boxes. We are delighted our passengers will be able to experience great in-flight entertainment on their journey with Air Peace, whether it is on a seatback screen or their own personal devices,” commented Akram Beldi, Air Peace’s In-Flight Entertainment Engineer.

“We are thrilled to continue to grow our relationship with Air Peace, a valued client for over four years. Deploying Everhub on board their E2 aircraft in a matter of weeks demonstrates the flexibility of the Everhub solution and commitment of Inflight Dublin to adapt to our clients ever-changing needs. The continued success of Everhub during such a challenging time for our industry emphasises that our cost-effective approach to high quality Wireless IFE is positively resonating with the market,” added Barry Flynn, Inflight Dublin’s CCO.

Maimi-based Eastern Airlines is nearing completion of outfitting ten of its Boeing 767 aircraft AirFi’s FASE (Fully Autonomous Semi-Embedded) wireless IFE solution.

Eastern Airlines nears fleet roll out of wireless IFE

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Maimi-based Eastern Airlines is nearing completion of outfitting ten of its Boeing 767 aircraft AirFi’s FASE (Fully Autonomous Semi-Embedded) wireless IFE solution.

Maimi-based Eastern Airlines is nearing completion of outfitting ten of its Boeing 767 aircraft with  AirFi’s FASE (Fully Autonomous Semi-Embedded) wireless IFE solution.

“Eastern was looking for an onboard solution to both improve passenger experience and generate new cross-platform opportunities,” said Steve Harfst, CEO Eastern Airlines. “AirFi allows us to achieve both while also giving our customers a touch-less entertainment experience onboard. We strive to do everything possible to make traveling a safe and enjoyable experience.”

Under the brand, Eastern Entertainment, the airline is now offering a broad selection of free in-flight entertainment through AirFi and boutique CSP partner, West Entertainment.

Through their own personal devices, passengers can watch the latest Hollywood releases, award-winning classics and must-watch TV programs, with 90% of the content available in Spanish.

Each twin-aisle aircraft uses four compact and ruggedised AirFi Venus boxes, placed in overhead storage bins to create a closed Wi-Fi network. The boxes are classed as carry-on equipment meaning no STC is required. FASE also connects the boxes to aircraft power supply and automates the power on/off function.

“We’ve installed all our planes in as little as one day, while upgrading other aspects of the cabin,” said Harfst. “Quick deployment and the quality streaming entertainment were probably the main reasons we wanted to work with AirFi, but we’ve also become very excited about the other ways we can use the AirFi platform to improve our customer experience.”

The airline sees this deployment as an important key to unlocking improved passenger experience, operational efficiency and revenue generation potential.

Eastern plans to install the AirFi solution on its first two 777 aircraft and will soon use it to launch a new buy-on-board catalogue that passengers can use to browse, order and pay for food, beverage and comfort items right from their seats.

“Ancillary revenue is an important part of our strategy and allowing our team members to collect these fees and charges more effectively using AirFi will continue to be vital to our growth. Digitising online sales significantly streamlines ancillary revenue,” commented Harfst.

Eastern is also working with AirFi America (MEKCO Group), to retrofit its aircraft with in-seat USB power solutions for charging electronic devices.

This successful installation effort, completed in Miami marks the second North American deployment for AirFi.

Wideroe has chosen wireless IFE from Inflight Dublin

Widerøe to trial wireless IFE

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Wideroe has chosen wireless IFE from Inflight Dublin

Inflight Dublin has been chosen by Norwegian regional airline, Widerøe, to provide a six-month trial of its Wireless IFE solution, Everhub.

From June, Inflight Dublin will equip three of Widerøe’s Embraer E2 aircraft with the DO-160G certified Everhub Portable wireless server. The Everhub software platform will be accessible to Widerøe’s passengers through Inflight Dublin’s web-based passenger application which features a brand-aligned Graphical User Interface (GUI) available in 11 languages. The content package consists of Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows, International content, documentaries, publications and games.

“Taking the first step into the in-flight entertainment space is something we have wanted to do for some time and we are excited to be working with Inflight Dublin to further enhance our passengers’ journey. The Everhub solution is impressive and we look forward to offer this to our customers and benefit from the potential revenue opportunities the system has to offer,”  commented Knut Anders Enoksen, Widerøe’s Manager of Ancillary Products & Loyalty Program.

“We are delighted to begin our partnership with Widerøe and to support them through the process of introducing wireless in-flight entertainment on board. Wireless IFE is continually growing in popularity as a cost-effective way to offer in-flight entertainment and generate revenue through ancillary services that enhance the in-flight experience for passengers. Therefore, we look forward to collaborating with Widerøe on this exciting project and to engage and delight its passengers,” added Barry Flynn, Inflight Dublin’s CCO.

Korean Air A220

Korean Air trials wireless IFE

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Korean Air A220

From May, Korean Air will begin a six-month trial of its Inflight Dublin’s Wireless IFE solution, Everhub.

The Everhub software platform will be accessible to Korean Air’s passengers through Inflight Dublin’s web-based passenger application which features a brand-aligned Graphical User Interface (GUI) available in up to 12 languages. The content package consists of Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows, selected International content, documentaries and games.

“We are excited to be working with Inflight Dublin to expand our on-board wireless entertainment experience on legacy fleets for our passengers to enjoy while using their own devices. The entire process has been seamless and we look forward to seeing the benefits of the solution in action,” commented Connor Lee, VP of Marketing Department, Korean Air

“We are delighted to be partnering with Korean Air and to expand our reach to the Korean market. More and more airlines are developing their IFE offering to incorporate Wireless, recognising the cost, operational, and hygiene benefits the system delivers. We look forward to providing the highest quality experience to Korean Air’s passengers,” added Barry Flynn, Inflight Dublin’s CCO.

SpiceScreen, a wireless IFE platform was developed in-house by SpiceJet with local partners

SpiceJet uses blockchain to enhance IFE experience

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SpiceScreen, a wireless IFE platform was developed in-house by SpiceJet with local partners

SpiceJet has become the first airline to informally adopt blockchain technology through its selection of a blockchain-based media platform for its in-flight entertainment, SpiceScreen.

SpiceJet has partnered with blockchain-based video streaming application provider Mzaalo and Mojo Boxx (formerly VuLiv) for the service, which allows SpiceJet passengers to access over 50,000 hours of Bollywood entertainment from Mzaalo on SpiceScreen, which is powered by just a pair of Mojo Boxx’s special Smartphone IFE Box.

Mzaalo’s content includes the best of Bollywood movies, regional cinema, original series, music videos and more.

Debojo Maharshi, Chief Marketing Officer, SpiceJet said: “Consumption of compelling content has become a way of life and this partnership enables us to bring the best of entertainment and experiences to our customers. As majority of Indian travellers prefer watching Bollywood, Regional movies, original shows, Mzaalo’s robust content library adds to the entertainment quotient on SpiceScreen.”

The complimentary in-flight entertainment system, SpiceScreen was introduced last August.

The wireless IFE platform streams direct to a passenger’s PED over the on-board wireless network.

Launching the service, Ajay Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, SpiceJet commented: “Innovation and SpiceJet go hand-in-hand. While we are extremely happy to launch our revamped in-flight entertainment system offering our passengers the latest and the best blockbuster content, what makes me specially happy and proud is that most of the technology used in SpiceScreen is ‘Made in India’ – developed indigenously by our team along with a local startup. Using Android  phones, weighing around 200 grams each, to perform the dual role of Wi-Fi servers and content hub is a remarkable achievement and costs us barely 1% of the cost that we were paying previously to foreign service providers!”

“Going forward, we will use the local Wi-Fi for providing additional on-board services to our customers. This is yet another step in our journey towards a stronger and a more Aatma Nirbhar airline.”

In a statement, SpiceJet explained it had developed SpiceScreen as a “higher quality, low-cost indigenous solution for in-flight entertainment”. The technology enables the carrier to use off-the-shelf, cost effective android mobile phones as the Wi-Fi server and router as well as the content hub and server. The mobile phones are loaded with specialised software and do not require SIM cards and each mobile phone can serve about 40 simultaneous connections.

As part of it ‘Made in India’ mantra, its unique Wi-Fi server on-board allows the airline to quickly “innovate in other areas too by developing software for other customer needs without having to depend on a foreign provider.”

Amelia is trialling Flymingo wireless IFE from Moment

Amelia trials Moment wireless IFE platform

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Amelia is trialling Flymingo wireless IFE from Moment

French aviation group Amelia (by Regourd Aviation) is to trial Moment’s Flymingo box aboard its aircraft.

In 2019, Regourd Aviation created the brand Amelia which conducts short-haul domestic flights between Paris and two cities in France: Rodez and Clermont Ferrand.

Amelia’s objective is to elevate the onboard experience by providing a digital platform that is user friendly and can be personalised according to passenger preferences.

Moment has deployed its Flymingo box, a portable Wireless IFE solution, along with its digital platform allowing for a seamless digital passenger experience. clientele which consists mainly of business passengers, and vacationers on the weekends.

The digital interface is accessible via passengers’ own devices and grants them access to all the information they previously would have in paper aboard the plane.

“We are beyond excited to work on this trial with a leader in W-IFE solutions such as Moment. We wanted to partner with a company that could guarantee we would attain our vision for a one-of-a-kind digital experience for our customers; that is exactly what we found with Moment’s Flymingo box,” stated Alain Regourd, President of Amelia.