Airline technology provider AirFi has added three new airlines to its roster of clients. Fiji Airways, Surinam Airways and SmartLynx Airlines have all chosen to deploy AirFi’s streaming inflight entertainment (IFE) solutions across all or part of their fleets.
A fully customised solution, powered by the AirFi box, is already live onboard Surinam Airways’ fleet, which consists of one Airbus A340 and one Boeing 737. With this deal Surinam Airways joins several existing AirFi customers based in the Americas, including Air Caraïbes, Cayman Airways and Viva Air Perú.
Surinam Airways will also become the first in the region to install AirFi LEO, AirFi’s minimally invasive, lightweight connectivity solution, onboard its aircraft. AirFi LEO leverages the Iridium Certus satellite network, connected via a special window-mounted antenna, to support air-to-ground messaging capabilities for operational and passenger experience enhancement.
In another first for the company, AirFi’s solution is now being offered by SmartLynx Airlines (SmartLynx), a Riga, Latvia-based ACMI charter and cargo operator. SmartLynx provides the opportunity for its wet lease customers to use the AirFi box to provide IFE to passengers. To date, two operators have signed up to do so on their Airbus A340 jets.
SmartLynx’s airline clients can also opt to enhance the capabilities of the AirFi Box to include AirFi’s Connected Crew and inflight retail solutions.
Finally, Fiji Airways is installing the AirFi box onboard its short-haul fleet, which is made up of one B737-800 an ATR 72-600 and an ATR 42-600.
Passengers flying with each of the aforementioned carriers will be able to access a selection of content available for streaming by using their own personal smartphones, tablets, or laptop to connect to an in-cabin Wi-Fi network created by the AirFi boxes onboard.
Commenting on the new customer announcements, Job Heimerikx, CEO of AirFi, said: “The addition of these three airlines to our list of customers really demonstrates our key strengths as a company. Not only can we provide a full suite of solutions to a legacy carrier like Surinam Airways, but we can also support the ongoing efforts of an APEX Five Star airline like Fiji Airways to elevate the passenger experience. Then, there’s the flexible layer of service we’re offering to SmartLynx. Whether it’s for one aircraft or one hundred, AirFi’s solutions clearly present a compelling and cost-effective business case for airlines even in the most remote corners of the world.”