UK-based IFE Services is providing the entertainment content for Italian leisure carrier Neos, which will deploy iPads on its Boeing 737 and 767 aircraft.
Business class passengers will have complimentary access to iPads loaded with games, movies, music and television shows. Neos will deploy 52 iPads in the business class cabin on two aircraft, says IFE Services. In economy class, the aircraft have overhead screens with audio streamed to each seat.
IFE Services has created content packages for several airline iPad deployments, including those for Philippine Airlines and Jet Asia Airways. In addition, the company is working with five more unannounced customers for iPad content and expects to sign another four to five iPad deals in the next two to three months.
"We are seeing an increasing number of portable based IFE solutions this year and we expect to deliver many more in 2013," says Andy McEwan, chief executive of IFE Services in a statement.
IFE Services has a total of 45 airline customers using either the iPads on board or embedded inflight entertainment systems. The firm expects the "next big evolution" will be streaming content to wireless devices through onboard servers. So far none of its customers are using wireless inflight entertainment, but the company says it is having talks with customers and major hardware providers about what it sees as a viable new market.