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Press Release: Bhutan Airlines launches AirFi wireless IFE platform


Press Release hub banner blue with title in red white and blueBhutan Airlines (Tashi Air Pvt. Ltd.), which operates daily scheduled flights to six international destinations from its base at Paro Airport in Bhutan, has selected AirFi to provide wireless inflight entertainment for passengers flying onboard it’s A319-100 aircraft.

Passengers on all Bhutan Airlines flights can now watch Hollywood and regional film, television series, documentary content a moving flight map and a selection of music and magazines using their own Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices. To access the in-flight entertainment (IFE) offerings, passengers simply access the AirFi wireless network through device settings, then begin enjoying content.

Bhutan Airlines has committed to this new experience enhancement in a bid to become the carrier of choice in the region. Many of the airline’s regional competitors offer no IFE service to passengers.

Early feedback from passengers shows that the air-map (moving map) has become the most popular element of the inflight entertainment system. In addition to displaying the position and direction of the plane, the map also displays the altitude, airspeed, elapsed time, and remaining time.


Commenting on the new IFE partnership, Pema N. Nadik, Chief Executive Officer of Bhutan Airlines said: “We are excited to launch our new IFE system, powered by AirFi. It will significantly enhance the overall travel experience for our passengers. These new systems are part of our ongoing efforts to improve our services and provide our customers with the highest level of comfort and convenience. AirFi is a proven leader in portable wireless IFE and can provide a perfect blend of entertainment to complement our passenger demographic.”

According to AirFi CEO, Job Heimerikx, the partnership has ample room to grow: “I’m always happy when AirFi’s low capex business model and easy-to-deploy solutions can enable a carrier like Bhutan Airlines introduce IFE for their passengers,” he said. “When Bhutan Airlines is ready add new features to the IFE offering or wished to boost ancillary revenues from onboard sales, we will be ready with flexible, tailor-made options.”

About Bhutan Airlines

Bhutan Airlines (Tashi Air Private Limited) is Bhutan’s first private airline and is licensed to operate airline services for both domestic and international sectors. Today Bhutan Airlines operates two A319 aircraft with a configuration of 12 Business Class seats and 114 Economy seats. Daily flights are operated from Bangkok to Paro via Kolkata, and flights from to Delhi via Kathmandu are operated three times per week. Bhutan Airlines is dedicated to providing a safe and reliable journey for its customers.

About AirFi

With offices worldwide, AirFi is a travel technology company that helps airlines deliver digital entertainment, shopping, and brand experiences to passengers, unlock operational benefits for crew and drive ancillary revenues from onboard sales. AirFi’s state-of-the art portable wireless streaming solutions are safe, proven, cost-effective, and easy to deploy. More than 70 airline and rail operators trust AirFi and its portfolio of commercial, fulfilment and content partners to provide enriching passenger experiences while supporting ancillary revenue strategies in the cabin.

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