AirFi has been busy, rolling out its hardware onboard the easyjet fleet, providing a new inflight entertainment and shopping platform
The AirFi box insitu – Image, AirFi/easyJet.
The move follows the successful rollout to easyJet’s EU and Swiss fleets, with inflight technology provider AirFi deploying its portable streaming solution across the remainder of the airline’s fleet.
The final installs covered 108 aircraft, extending the platform to all 327 of its aircraft.
In October 2022, the airline trialled AirFi’s technology onboard as part of an ongoing campaign to deliver an industry-leading digital onboard experience to its customers across Europe. Having deemed the initial trial to be a success, the airline later equipped an additional 108 aircraft and has now deployed the AirFi streaming technology across all 327 aircraft.
The inflight system powers a customised wireless engagement portal enabling passengers to access games, journey-specific content and airline information, plus browse inflight retail offerings using their mobile phones, tablet or laptops.
To access the content, passengers simply connect to a local Wi-Fi network created onboard by AirFi’s flexible and powerful hardware solution. Aircraft do not need to be taken out of service for this digital upgrade.
Access to the content is free, and there is no requirement for passengers to download an app before the flight or share personal information to get connected.
Commenting on the extension of the deployment, easyJet’s Director of Inflight Retail Simon Cox commented:
“We are really pleased, that following a phased roll out, we have now completed the program of installing the technology across all our aircraft which has enabled us to introduce digital solutions for the convenience and benefit of all our customers. AirFi has been able to meet our ambitious timelines for this project and have integrated well with our existing partners.
Job Heimerikx, CEO of AirFi added:
“We’re thrilled to have been able to complete a fleetwide deployment with easyJet in such a short amount of time. It’s a real testament to the strength of this partnership and the commitment to excellence on both sides. We are equally excited for the next steps in the partnership. Stay tuned!”
It’s rather useful.
Last year, I flew with easyJet Switzerland – where this technology had been trialled.
As per the release, it was a matter of connecting to the onboard network and accessing the portal.
The portal provided touchpoints for Food and Beverages, Shopping, and games as well as a map.
Main User Interface
And some rather good mapping features, for those who miss an inflight map.
As you can see, it provides some useful touchpoints and information for its passengers – and that is something to be welcomed by those who have any length of flight and want a little onboard entertainment.
It’ll be interesting how they extend and what other services they will offer through the platform in the future.
We’ll be catching up with AirFi soon – and we might have some interesting looks at what the provider plans next.
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