Air Transat adds streaming IFE

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Montreal-based holiday airline Air Transat will add a wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) product to its fleet of nine Airbus A310-300 aircraft that allows passengers to stream multimedia content to their portable devices.

The Rave Wireless system from Zodiac Inflight Innovations can also be used in tandem with the Rave embedded IFE offering to offer content across two screens. Air Transat is installing this accompanying seatback system in its A310 business class product and has outfitted its Airbus A330s with the screens.

“Our embedded IFE has been very popular with our passengers for several years,” says Air Transat president Jon Turner. “With the introduction of wireless streaming, we are taking our cabin service to a new level. This is an exciting development and we are very pleased that Air Transat is one of the first airlines in the world to provide content streaming.”

Air Canada’s leisure carrier Rouge also provides streaming in-flight entertainment content on its Boeing 767s and Airbus A319s. WestJet’s fleet is also making moves to bring wireless IFE onto its fleet with a new system from Panasonic that includes wi-fi, which it is installing on its next-generation Boeing 737s this year.