I was fortunate enough to be one of the judges for the Best Single Achievement in IFE AVION Award which was awarded at last week’s WAEA/APEX event. We had to evaluate five strong candidates who each deserve praise. However, Etihad Airways emerged as the victor by near unanimous vote. I was disappointed, though, that no explanation was given at the awards ceremony as to why they won.
Each month, I have the pleasure of finding several valuable and interesting articles for our newsletter Airline Solutions Insider. In my search, I had found several articles suggesting that in-flight Wi-Fi would be free by next summer when another article outlining how much revenue the connectivity industry was set to generate this year caught my attention. Not surprising, there are some opposing views of how financially viable in-flight connectivity is or will be.
I recently read an article about using 3D video goggles as inflight entertainment. Over the last few years, I’ve participated in several conversations about whether or not video goggles are really viable. In this article, I briefly outline some of the arguments for and against the concept.
Facing a greater need than ever to offer competitive services, run each program efficiently, and turn a profit, airlines should expect more from an IFE provider. To help out, we have compiled a short list of six trends in inflight entertainment and connectivity that you should ask your IFE provider about. If you don’t yet offer IFE, then use these same questions when vetting potential solution providers.
Over the last year, we’ve seen a lot of change in the airline industry - everything from emerging inflight Internet to paying for luggage. Most exciting though, is the increased interest in using the inflight entertainment platform as a vehicle for revenue generation. With ever-advancing changes in digital entertainment on the ground, airlines are poised to implement new content and applications that create strong revenue streams and provide value to passengers.
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