Air France welcomed gamers, finalists in the “Air France Trackmania Cup”, developed by Ubisoft, as part of tests for with Li-Fi (Light Fidelity) technology, developed by Latécoère on board a commercial Airbus A321 at the end of October.
The Latécoère Li-Fi infrastructure was installed on 12 seats for the final of the tournament which launched at the Paris Air Show in June 2019.
The finalists competed on this personalised version of the all-public video game Trackmania Stadium. The winner of the tournament received two Paris-Montreal round-trip tickets for a private tour of Ubisoft Studios and a selection of Razer products (which equipped the competitors with its Hammerhead Bluetooth headsets).
According to Antoine Laborde, Air France’s Innovation manager: “We are very proud to be the first airline to launch a Li-Fi equipped aircraft and to organise an in-flight video game competition. This world first is the result of a great collaboration between Latécoère, Ubisoft and the Air France teams. I am convinced that this experience will pave the way for new in-flight entertainment experiences for our customers, especially with regards to gaming.”
“This first flight equipped with our Li-Fi technology is an important step in the roll-out of this technology in the aeronautical market. We are convinced that Li-Fi will revolutionise in-flight connectivity within the next five years. I am particularly pleased with the work carried out in collaboration with the Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance teams, who carried out the certification work on the solution and its integration into the cabin in record time,” added Yannick Assouad, CEO of Latécoère.
Deborah Papiernik, director of Innovative Projects at Ubisoft, concluded by saying: “We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to participate in the launch of an innovative technology that has promoted a 100% French partnership, whilst being able to provide our expertise in video games. In-flight entertainment will undoubtedly quickly become a new playground for all.”