Posted on: 14 August 2014 by Mark Howells
120 AirAsia ‘AllStar’ volunteers have taken part in the first inflight User Acceptance Testing (UAT) of the airline’s independently developed Wi-Fi service.
Tony Fernandes, group CEO of AirAsia, explained, “The Wi-Fi equipment that was introduced to us much earlier was just too expensive and we have decided to develop our own. It has taken us five years to come to this stage, but in true AirAsia style, we have to get it right and provide our guests with the best value at the most affordable rates.”
The first test focused predominantly on three instant messaging services: WhatsApp, LINE and WeChat. Fernandes said he was pleased with the results, but tests will continue over the next two months, carried out by 60 passengers on each AirAsia flight.
He concluded, “Finally, the masses will be able to enjoy Wi-Fi on board at a low-cost price. As I promised to the market, this is one of many initiatives that we are rolling out to boost our ancillary income per passenger.”