In a world where companies constantly shout the trivial and mundane across the internet in order to be heard, one company is quietly becoming a force in the world of IFEC. Zodiac Inflight Innovations (Zii) has in the past six months secured well over 200 new RAVE AVOD equipped aircraft, four new A350 customers, 150 committed B737Max aircraft, its first A380 customer and probably the most surprising of all, over 200 Global Xpress connectivity equipped aircraft committed with the first installation scheduled early in 2017. It seems some companies don’t need to shout in order to be heard.
Zii first hit the IFE scene with their revolutionary new Seat Centric IFE system in 2011 and just five years later they are growing with over 45 airline customers, over 550 aircraft in service, and over 650 aircraft in committed backlog.
Zii has added to their basic AVOD system (“RAVE Centric”) a wireless IFE system (RAVE Wireless) and a line fit offerable Ka-band connectivity system (RAVE Broadband) that is available on all Airbus platforms including the A350 and A380. Today, Zii is able to offer airlines a complete IFEC solution complete with all of the advanced features including 2nd screen applications and a truly personalized experience for passengers. Zii is line fit offerable on the Airbus A320, A330, A380 and A350 and is working to become line fit offerable on Boeing aircraft and is adding standard seat pairings with all of the major seat suppliers.
“We like to think of ourselves as different and disruptive” says Larry Girard, Executive Vice President for Zodiac Inflight Innovations. Mr. Girard goes on to say that “we are disruptive by design; our seat centric architecture has fewer LRU’s, it’s simple to operate and maintain with unprecedented availability and no dark flights – ever. Coupled with a common software platform and standard parts, we are commercially disruptive as well.”
Zii has this year added an aftermarket support package to round out their portfolio of products. With RAVE Care, an airline can tailor a support package to their specific needs for a fixed price per month per aircraft. RAVE Care can include everything that an airline needs to maintain and operate their IFE systems, including spares, repairs, customer abuse and even content integration. Included in RAVE Care is a software guarantee that means airlines never have to worry about the cost of updating their GUI’s and features over the lifetime of the system.
“Our RAVE systems are much easier to maintain than traditional IFE systems which allows airlines to maintain their own aircraft without the added expense of paying a traditional IFE provider for support” says Matt Smith, CEO for Zodiac Inflight Innovations. Mr. Smith goes on to say that, “Zii is a company that is different by design; our focus is always on putting our customers first. We want to be a company that Airlines want to work with; customer focused and innovation driven, we relentlessly pursue our core value of RAVE – Reliable, Affordable and Very Easy. It more than a name, it’s who we are.”
And their operational performance seems to bear this out. Zii’s on-time delivery and repair turnaround time performance is over 99%. The RAVE system reliability is over 99.5% and we are told that commercially RAVE is the most affordable system on the market today…