Posted on: 05 April 2016 by Mark Howells
Immfly has successfully qualified Kontron’s advanced airborne server and cabin wireless access point (CWAP) for its wireless i-flight monetization solution on Iberia Express.
The onboard e-commerce and entertainment platform was successfully tested on half the fleet in 2015 enabling Iberia Express passengers to experience the system as part of regular service. Immfly received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) airworthiness approvals for the A320 family within a year of their start date due to Kontron’s open architecture-based platforms. Outfitting the remainder of Iberia Express’s fleet with Immfly’s digital platform is expected to be complete before summer 2016.
“At Immfly, we set out to develop a digital onboard platform to improve the way people travel allowing them to connect simultaneously through their handheld devices and enjoy tailored news streaming of videos, travel guides, e-shopping, among other services. The success of our proven deployment represents a significant growth opportunity for Immfly, with an aim to reach 100 million connected passengers by 2018,” explained Alfredo Ibanez, CTO at Immfly. “Continuing to collaborate with Kontron will enable us to expand this vision to reach beyond the more than 230,000 passengers who have already enjoyed the Immfly platform during their flights.”
“Supporting Immfly in meeting their deployment goals with the ability to shorten critical time to market requirements is one of the main reasons why Kontron’s complete line of open architecture system solutions has been so successful in the global aviation market,” added Jim VandeSteeg, head of avionics business line at Kontron. “A key component to our strategy is partnerships with innovative companies such as Immfly. Kontron’s value add is providing pre-validated hardware systems that meet continuing aviation system evolution while satisfying current requirements such as Immfly’s need to deliver local content that is unique to the Spanish market.”