Inflight Dublin releases next-generation Everhub Portable Wireless Server
September 20, 2019
Inflight Dublin has announced the launch of its next-generation Everhub Portable Wireless Server. It claims the device is the most powerful and advanced wireless IFE solution available, and its DO-160G certification is stated to makes it one of the safest and most reliable solution on the market.
The new hardware is accompanied by the Everhub software platform, which is fully customisable to suit clients’ requirements.
The server can be powered by batteries or directly from the aircraft. It can also deliver secure, high-definition, browser-based DRM content to 75 passengers per unit. The Everhub portable server minimises logistics costs through its swappable battery configuration and remote loading of content.
The device comes preloaded with Everhub software for inflight entertainment and ancillary services and supports secure Digital Rights Management (DRM) content streamed to browsers. It is available as a standalone portable box using batteries or hybrid (aircraft powered) option.
John White, ceo of Inflight Dublin, says: “The next-generation Everhub server further enhances Inflight Dublin’s position as the only true end-to-end wireless IFE solution provider in the market. With the launch of our own server hardware, we are in complete and direct control of all the elements that airlines need in order to implement a wireless solution, namely hardware, software, content (including Early Window Hollywood movies) and design services”.
David Miller, Inflight Dublin’s cto, adds: “We started looking at an option for our own server based on our experience providing wireless IFE solutions on a number of fixed and portable platforms. We fed this learning into the design of our new server to provide a robust and scalable system which seamlessly integrates both our cloud and aircraft hosted services to deliver the best passenger and airline experience in a single offering.”
IdeaNova Technologies innovates Inplay
September 20, 2019
IdeaNova Technologies has continued to innovate its Inplay IFE Portal, this time offering the ability for passengers to choose their content before entering the aircraft. The Inplay Portal and its secure Inplay Players integrate with an onboard chat function and moving maps for convenient flight tracking while watching the entertainment.
The player offers multi-language audio, subtitles and accessibility features all suited for either in browser or application-based playback.
“The new Inplay IFE Portal is a result of the collaboration of various technologies with one single goal: to improve passenger experience on and off the aircraft,” says Juraj Siska, ceo of IdeaNova Technologies. “The entertainment playback now allows passengers to interact with chat and moving maps without leaving the portal or the player. Customers can also build a watch list for binge watching their favorite shows on or off the aircraft.”
GX Aviation now available with AirAsia
September 20, 2019
Inmarsat has announced that its GX Aviation inflight broadband solution has entered commercial service with low-cost airline AirAsia.
AirAsia is currently offering GX Aviation to passengers onboard a number of initial aircraft through its RedBeat Ventures subsidiary, ROKKI, marking a significant upgrade to their inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) experience. To celebrate the occasion, passengers are being offered a free trial on GX Aviation-equipped aircraft until September 30 2019.
The service integrates with the airline’s entertainment and e-commerce platform, allowing passengers to access a variety of free entertainment, music, games, news and shopping using their personal mobile devices. It will be rolled out across AirAsia’s Airbus A320 and A330 fleet over the next year.
Philip Balaam, president of Inmarsat Aviation, says: “AirAsia’s launch of GX Aviation services is a significant milestone, as it brings to life the airline’s bold and innovative new digital offering for passengers. We are confident that its upgrade from basic connectivity to the industry’s gold standard inflight broadband will be warmly embraced by passengers.”
Aireen Omar, AirAsia group president (RedBeat Ventures), says: “As the pioneer of LCC inflight wifi in the region, we are always looking for ways to redefine the inflight digital experience for our guests. Introducing Ka-band, powered by ROKKI, is the next logical step in this process, with the enhanced inflight connectivity allowing our guests to stay connected throughout their journey and perform data-intensive activities such as live-streaming. This also enables better real-time analytics, allowing us to offer more personalised services to AirAsia’s 100 million guests annually.”
GX Aviation takes flight on Virgin Atlantic
September 17, 2019
Inmarsat’s GX Aviation inflight broadband solution is now available on Virgin Atlantic’s new Airbus A350-1000 flight from London to New York.
The high-speed coverage will enable Virgin Atlantic’s customers to browse the internet, stream videos, check social media and more during flights – with speeds comparable to mobile broadband on the ground.
Between now and 2021, the carrier will take receipt of 12 Airbus A350-1000s with GX Aviation pre-installed on delivery. Virgin Atlantic has selected Deutsche Telekom as the internet service provider for the aircraft, having already worked together on the airline’s 787 and A330 fleets since 2014.
Philip Balaam, president of Inmarsat Aviation, said the partnership between Inmarsat and Virgin Atlantic will transform passenger experience as the airline’s customers begin to benefit from the high standard of inflight broadband.
“As one of the aviation industry’s greatest innovators, Virgin Atlantic is focused on providing a world-class experience onboard its aircraft,” he said.
“And that’s exactly what customers can expect when flying on the airline’s brand new Airbus A350s. In addition to exciting new suites and social spaces, they will have access to a broadband service with fast, reliable and consistent coverage powered by GX Aviation.”
Virgin Atlantic’s head of inflight services, Gail Yates, also applauded the airline’s maiden A350.
“Today we celebrated an exciting milestone for Virgin Atlantic as the first aircraft in our new Airbus A350-1000 fleet took to the skies,” she said.
“We are always looking to raise the bar and provide our passengers with a world-class experience. We are delighted to have Inmarsat’s GX Aviation onboard to offer high-speed inflight broadband to our customers.”