SilkAir tests wireless IFE on A320

Singapore Airlines’ regional airline subsidiary, SilkAir, has begun trials of a wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) system on an Airbus A320 aircraft.

During this trial using Panasonic Avionics Corporation's eXW wireless IFE solution, passengers will be able to stream a variety of multimedia content such as movies, TV programmes and music directly onto their personal devices whilst onboard their flight.

Offered as a complimentary service in addition to the airline's existing overhead entertainment system, passengers can access IFE content through their laptops, iPhone, iPad, iPod or Android tablets and smartphones.

“This initiative was introduced based on feedback from customers who wanted access to more in-flight entertainment options on our flights,” explained SilkAir Chief Executive, Mr. Leslie Thng. “Upon successful trial, we look forward to introducing this system across our aircraft fleet by next year, providing customers with the complete SilkAir experience.”

In addition to customers’ feedback, SilkAir will be monitoring technical performance of the wireless streaming during this pilot trial.

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