Posted on: 20 March 2014 by Mark Howells
In-flight communications specialist, MI Airline, has unveiled AirFi which aims to offer carriers without on-board broadband capabilities a new, low cost and flexible Wi-Fi solution.
The AirFi Box and AirFi Platform provides passengers with various in-flight services via their own tablets or smartphones, such as the ability to order tax-free or catering products, play (multiplayer) games with other passengers, chat on-board, read destination information, enrol in airline loyalty programmes or report faulty seats.
AirFi is classified as a T-PED (Transmitting Personal Electronic Device) and is a compact, portable, battery-powered and self-scaling Wi-Fi network, not connected to the aircraft. The AirFi Box is designed to be integrated into existing airline logistics and suitable to create an alternative in-flight entertainment offering.
“The AirFi Platform is directly integrated with MI Airline’s crew empowerment tablet solution, ‘Connected Crew’,” explained Nicolas Peeters, VP Engineering at MI Airline. “This enables airlines with a complete ancillary sales infrastructure, creating true passenger centric operations. Airlines can also develop their own applications for passengers and cabin crew on the AirFi Platform, creating the exact brand and customer experience they envision.”