Wireless Inflight Entertainment Takes Off on CEBU Pacific Air With KID Systeme’s SKYfi


LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq:ENT), a worldwide leading provider of content, connectivity and digital media solutions to airlines, today announced a new deployment of its WISE™ wireless inflight entertainment solution within the onboard connectivity platform SKYfi developed by KID Systeme GmbH, a division of Airbus, and installed on CEBU Pacific Air (PSE:CEB), the largest airline in the Philippines.

Since June 2014, several of CEBU’s new A330 widebody aircraft operating on regional and international flights have been equipped with KID Systeme’s SKYfi portfolio, offering connectivity and content streaming to passengers’ personal electronic devices. CEBU utilizes its A330 aircraft on flights from Manila to Dubai, Sydney, Kuwait, Riyadh, Dammam, Singapore and Incheon, among others.

WISE™ provides the software backbone for SKYfi wireless inflight entertainment as well as a complete content program including movies and TV shows approved for streaming with digital rights management (DRM) by major Hollywood studios.

Through GEE’s strategic partnership with KID Systeme, WISE™ is integrated on KID’s widespread ‘ALNA’ hardware platform, a linefit product on Airbus aircraft. GEE will also provide its extensive content management and delivery expertise to airline customers, producing and delivering a full range of software solutions, local and international content selection and distribution, technical services and support.

This initial launch of SKYfi will allow CEBU to gauge the popularity of its wireless content and connectivity product with passengers.

“We’re pleased with the current performance of our SKYfi product featuring WISE™ which marks an important step in the deployment of a strong wireless inflight entertainment and connectivity offering to the airline market,” commented Manfred Brunke Product Manager at KID Systeme GmbH.

“Our partnership with KID Systeme will provide our robust content-rich and hardware agnostic wireless entertainment solution to KID Systeme and airline customers, and we’re delighted that the program is going according to plan on board CEBU,” said Alexis Steinman, Senior Vice President, Software & Development at GEE.


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Cebu Pacific Trials Wireless IFE

Philippines-based Cebu Pacific Air has started a trial of the SKYfi club wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) system alongside KID-Systeme.

The wireless IFE platform has been introduced to complement the carrier’s existing onboard connectivity service and enables passengers to access content via their own personal electronic devices.

A total of five aircraft have been equipped with the SKYfi club product for the trial, and passengers will be able to stream music and movies, and view magazines and surveys using their own smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Cebu Pacific’s decision to trial wireless IFE follows a move by the Southeast Asian country’s other major carrier, Philippine Airlines, to offer OnAir’s wireless IFE solution, which includes Global Eagle Entertainment’s WISE (Wireless Inflight Services and Entertainment) software, across its A330s instead of embedded IFE.

Source: Future Travel Experience