April 15, 2024

VietJetAir trials IFC technology from AirFi

VietJetAir has launched a three-month trial of AirFi’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) inflight connectivity (IFC) system.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed at the Singapore Air Show by President of Sovico Group Nguyen Thanh Hung, AirFi Co-Founder and board member Martijn Moret and President of Skytrac Malachi Nordine.

The LEO connectivity solution will enable passengers to access internet messaging platforms such as WhatsApp and iMessage, as well as book hotel rooms, destination experiences and ground transport. 

Installation, which usually takes months, will be carried out overnight by AirFi’s technology partner SKYTRAC. 

Martijn Moret said: “AirFi started twelve years ago as a company that wanted to digitise the cabin to make life better for the passengers and crew by offering airlines a solution that can be installed overnight.

“In just a decade we have become a market leader in portable Wi-Fi inside the cabin. We are immensely proud to have found a partner for introducing connectivity. It is very special because one of the biggest airlines in Asia has agreed to our trial proposition to bring connectivity not only to VietJet, but to all the Vietnamese passengers.”

Malachi Nordine added: “SKYTRAC is very honoured to be part of this innovative program to provide inflight connectivity to all airlines and passengers. The unique patented window-mounted antenna solution allows modification of the aircraft, which traditionally takes weeks and months, to be done overnight in a matter of hours. This is a significant differentiator and offers value to airlines and, of course, AirFi’s service and solution.”