AirFi’s portable streaming solution, the AirFi Box, will be available aboard easyJet flights from October 4 2022. The partnership between AirFi and easyJet was announced at the World Aviation Festival, held in Amsterdam’s RAI Exhibition Centre. The aim of the collaboration is to enable the low-cost carrier to deliver an industry-leading, digital onboard solution.
“easyJet is and has always been a trailblazer in the air transport industry and we at AirFi are proud to have been selected by such a discerning partner. The team at easyJet has challenged us to bring forward best-in-class solutions, innovative business models and to explore a fully customised solution that will further enhance the inflight experience for its customers. This opportunity has helped us to grow in many ways and we look forward to a very fruitful partnership,” said AirFi CEO Job Heimerikx.
“We selected AirFi to work with us having been impressed by their overall capabilities and the flexibility of their systems and platforms. We are confident they are the right partners to support us in realising our ambitions to deliver an industry-leading, digital onboard experience for our customers across Europe,” commented Simon Cox, easyJet’s Director of Inflight Retail.
The AirFi Box is portable and compact enough to fit inside an overhead bin. Easy to deploy, the units support in-flight entertainment, in-flight retail and crew platform connections. It creates the onboard wifi network and the supporting IT infrastructure. The unit communicates with a Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellite network via pen-sized antennae inside one window on both sides of an aircraft.
Used aboard easyJet’s aircraft, the AirFi Box will allow passengers to connect to and browse the onboard shop menu. It will allow passengers to access flight and safety information plus free-of-charge destination content, the inflight magazine and a selection of games. Initially, passengers flying on the easyJet’s fleet of 27 A320 family aircraft from Geneva and Basel will be able to use laptops, tablets and wifi-enabled phones to connect to the local wifi network created by the AirFi boxes.
More than 70 airline and rail operators now use AirFi products to deliver digital entertainment, brand experiences, connect crew members and drive ancillary revenue from onboard sales.