The world’s most Wi-Fi-connected airlines are …


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Remember the days when flying long distance meant at least nine guaranteed hours offline?

Of course you don’t, your brain is far too frazzled by constantly having to check Facebook and emails.

According to new statistics released this week by air industry data cruncher Routehappy, flying without Wi-Fi access is becoming increasingly rare as more airlines connect their customers.

This is good news for anyone who needs to Instagram their inflight meal or fabricate Twitter spats with imaginary passengers.

Bad news for those who need to unjack themselves from the Matrix for long enough to watch a weepy movie and re-balance their blood-Smirnoff levels.

According to Routehappy, there’s now a 24% chance your international flight will have Wi-Fi access. On domestic U.S. flights the odds rise to 66% — a figure nearly triple what it was 18 months ago.

Connection quality and speed are also improving, it reports.

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


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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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KID-Systeme Announces Successful Wireless IFE Trial With Cebu Pacific Air


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KID-Systeme GmbH has announced the start of the trial for their wireless IFE system, named SKYfi club, with Cebu Pacific Air, the largest airline in the Philippines.

SKYfi club was introduced to the market in September 2013, as a wireless streaming onboard platform for passenger and corporate aircraft. It provides a wide range of onboard media applications and services. SKYfi is based on the trusted ALNA (Airline Network Architecture) connectivity platform, pioneered by Airbus and KID-Systeme in 2007 and widely deployed on more than 40 airlines around the world.

SKYfi club complements wireless internet connectivity services already available on Cebu Pacific Air´s onboard platform by offering wireless content-streaming to the passengers’ own devices, including music, movies, magazines and surveys. For the benefit of the airline and crew, KID provides comprehensive statistical tools with SKYfi.

The trial comprises five aircraft in total. Cebu Pacific Air operates its A330 aircraft on flights to Dubai, Sydney, Kuwait, Singapore, Incheon, and selected domestic flights. It is scheduled to commence services to Dammam and Riyadh in October 2014. Its network spans over 60 destinations, utilizing one of the most modern fleets in the world.

Software upgrade, content loading and the aircraft certification were completed without any additional aircraft downtime. The installation was carried out by Cebu Pacific Air and supported in a joint effort by an Airbus and KID on-site team.

Source: KID-Systeme