Kontron, a leading global provider of embedded computing inflight entertainment and connectivity equipment, today announced that its integrated In-flight Entertainment & Connectivity (IFE&C) platforms have been selected by easyJet, the leading European low-cost airline, for its new wireless in-flight entertainment service.
Kontron and long-time in-flight digital solutions partner, Immfly, are collaborating to support the launch of the easyJet “Air Time” service onboard five easyJet aircraft. Kontron is supplying the complete set of hardware products necessary to implement the Wi-Fi network onboard the aircraft to support Immfly’s uniquely flexible content application software. “Air Time” gives passengers the ability to access personalized services and content through their own smart devices, making seat-back or other built-in aircraft monitors obsolete.
Kontron was selected after an extensive industry review, assessment and testing of available hardware solutions available in the IFE market. The hardware solution for easyJet consists of Kontron’s ACE Flight™ 4600 Airborne Server, Removable Storage Devices (RSSDs), and its Cab-n-Connect™ A100 Cabin Wireless Access Point (CWAP). Kontron has built a strong reputation for providing breakthrough IFE&C platforms that help accelerate development for quick time-to-market at the lowest cost of deployment. There are currently more than 4000 commercial aircraft operating worldwide with Kontron equipment on board.
“A deciding factor in our selection of Kontron is their long history of providing proven IFE&C solutions,” said Andrew Middleton, Ancillary Revenue Director at easyJet. “The powerful combination of Kontron and Immfly lets us ensure our customers have the broadest and most reliable in-flight entertainment experience that replicates their consumer smart device capabilities on the ground.”
“Immfly continues to partner with Kontron for its highly reliable and open architecture platforms that are fully qualified to D0-160G with PMA and optimized for a full range of flight services,” said Jimmy Martínez von Korff, co-founder of Immfly. “Using Kontron platforms allows us to focus on designing the most compelling in-flight entertainment services that include engaging new content and other capabilities that are in high demand by today’s airline passengers.”
“Part of our ongoing strategy in supporting partners such as Immfly is to provide the critical system components that lay the enabling foundation for continued IFE innovation based on the most advanced features and highest broadband connectivity possible,” said Andy Mason, VP Technology at Kontron America. “We anticipate the success of the “Air Time” launch due to the unique aspects of the service and close collaboration of easyJet and its partners.”
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easyJet flies on more of Europe’s most popular routes than any other airline. easyJet carries over 80 million passengers annually, of which more than 12 million are travelling on business. easyJet flies over 280 aircraft on more than 880 routes to over 140 airports across 31 countries. More than 300 million Europeans live within one hour’s drive of an easyJet airport.
easyJet aims to be a good corporate citizen, employing people on local contracts in seven countries across Europe in full compliance with national laws and recognising their trade unions. The airline supports a number of local charities and also has a corporate partnership with UNICEF which has raised over £10m for the most vulnerable children since it was established in 2012.
The airline takes sustainability seriously. easyJet invests in the latest technology, operates efficiently and fills most of its seats. Since 2000 easyJet has reduced its carbon emissions per passenger, per kilometre by over 30%. Its latest target is a further 10% reduction from today’s performance by 2022 and a 38% improvement from 2000.
Innovation is in easyJet’s DNA – from our launch almost 20 years ago when we changed the way people fly to the present day where we lead the industry in digital, web, engineering and operational innovations to make travel more easy and affordable for our passengers. For more information, please visit: www.easyjet.com
Headquartered in Barcelona, Immfly was founded in 2013 with the support of more than 50 influential multinational partners. Immfly helps airlines successfully fulfill their digital aspirations from the company’s advanced in-flight digital solutions that increase customer loyalty by boosting Net Promoter Scores amongst passengers and helping create new ancillary revenues via platform sponsorship and e-commerce services. Immfly’s goal is to be the preferred monetization service platform for the travel industry, reaching 100 million yearly connected on-board passengers by 2018. For more information, please visit: www.immfly.com
About Kontron – An S&T Company
Kontron is a global leader in embedded computing technology (ECT). As a part of technology group S&T, Kontron offers a combined portfolio of secure hardware, middleware and services for Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 applications. With its standard products and tailor-made solutions based on highly reliable state-of-the-art embedded technologies, Kontron provides secure and innovative applications for a variety of industries. As a result, customers benefit from accelerated time-to-market, reduced total cost of ownership, product longevity and the best fully integrated applications overall. For more information, please visit: www.kontron.com