April 24 2023  |  Connectivity & Satellites

Fiji Airways, Surinam Airways and SmartLynx Airlines choose AirFi

By Reedah Hayder

AirFi delivers a variety of inflight solutions from digital entertainment to shopping

Airline technology provider AirFi announces the addition of three new airlines to its list of clients. The newly onboarded airlines, Fiji Airways, Surinam Airways, and SmartLynx Airlines, have opted to implement AirFi's streaming inflight entertainment (IFE) solutions throughout their fleets, either entirely or in part.

“The addition of these three airlines to our list of customers really demonstrates our key strengths as a company. Not only can we provide a full suite of solutions to a legacy carrier like Surinam Airways, but we can also support the ongoing efforts of an APEX Five-Star airline like Fiji Airways to elevate the passenger experience,” said Job Heimerikx, CEO of AirFi, in an April 19 press release. “Then, there’s the flexible layer of service we’re offering to SmartLynx. Whether it’s for one aircraft or one hundred, AirFi’s solutions clearly present a compelling and cost-effective business case for airlines even in the most remote corners of the world.”

Onboard Surinam Airways’ fleet, a fully customized solution, powered by the AirFi box, is already live. The airline joins several existing AirFi partners based in the Americas, including Air Caraïbes, Cayman Airways and Viva Air Perú.

Surinam Airways will also be the first airline in the region to install AirFi LEO, a minimally invasive, lightweight connectivity solution. The solution leverages the Iridium Certus satellite network, connected by a special window-mounted antenna, to support air-to-ground messaging capabilities for operational and passenger experience enhancement.

SmartLynx Airlines, a Riga-based ACMI charter and cargo operator, is now also offering AirFi’s solution to its customers. SmartLynx provides its wet lease customers with the option to use the AirFi box to offer IFE to their passengers, with two operators having already signed up to do so on their Airbus A340 jets. SmartLynx's airline clients can also opt to include AirFi's Connected Crew and inflight retail solutions.

In addition, Fiji Airways has installed the AirFi box onboard its short-haul fleet, which includes one B737-800, an ATR 72-600 and an ATR 42-600. Passengers flying with each of these airlines will now have access to a wide selection of content available for streaming by using their own personal device using the in-cabin Wi-Fi network created by the AirFi boxes onboard.

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