For airlines that want to offer passengers video on demand to watch on their personal devices but don’t want to fork out for a satellite connectivity system, Wifi Technologies believes it has the answer.
The Belgian company launched its Wifi Air TV product at the show this week, and has already racked up orders covering 90 aircraft, says president Yves Hendrickx. The system uses a “very powerful wi-fi router” to stream pre-loaded content to passengers’ devices, and has a “huge memory” that can store up to 40,000 movies and TV shows.
Wifi Technologies charges a flat rate of €15 a day per aircraft for unlimited download of content, and the price to install the system in the first place ranges from €35,000 for a regional aircraft to below €150,000 for a widebody.
“This is a quarter of the cost of a satcom system,” says Hendrickx.