October 3, 2017: Air Europa, an airline in Spain will offer a broad in-flight entertainment service. Passengers can enjoy films, TV series, music and bespoke content relevant for their trip on their own smartphones and tablets. At the same time, the airline will benefit from the easy, quick, cost-efficient and secure installation of these systems. The new in-flight entertainment (IFE) solution will be rolled out across the Air Europa fleet’s 15 Boeing 737s and 11 Embraer 195s starting in early 2018.
Lufthansa Systems, Lufthansa Technik and Epteca has collaborated to produce a flexible and secure IFE solution with personalised content. By signing this agreement, Air Europa is placing its trust in a strong collaboration between Lufthansa Systems, Lufthansa Technik and Epteca.
“Product differentiation and personalized services are becoming increasingly important when it comes to offering passengers a unique onboard experience. The open architecture of the digital BoardConnect platform and seamless integration with Epteca personalized ancillary offerings makes it exactly the right choice for us,” said Alexis Capdevila; IFEC Manager at Air Europa. “BoardConnect Portable, combined with the Power & Safe solution, also offers us an IFE solution that is completely flexible yet also simple and secure to use.”
BoardConnect Portable is being installed at Air Europa for the first time together with the Power & Safe solution developed by Lufthansa Technik in close cooperation with Lufthansa Systems. This means that the BoardConnect Portable Mobile Streaming Unit (MSU) will be stowed in a safe inside the overhead storage compartment. Placing an additional power supply inside the baggage compartment eliminates the need for battery replacement.
This provides airlines a smart way of securing their IFE system and preventing unauthorised access, and offers optimal protection for valuable content from Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows to music. The safe was developed using state-of-the-art production processes and robust materials for optimum use of space in the baggage compartment. Installation costs are also minimal, making it the perfect fit for the BoardConnect Portable concept.
BoardConnect Portable is an all-in-one solution that combines all technical components such as a server and access points in a single device called Mobile Streaming Unit (MSU). MSUs are about the size of a conventional tablet computer, which is why they qualify as non-permanently installed equipment and can easily be mounted or removed including the safe without affecting other components in the aircraft. This eliminates high costs for hardware, fitting and certification.
“We are confident about this concept, which combines the benefits of both a portable and an installed IFE solution, and are sure that other airlines will soon follow Air Europa’s lead. Flexible IFE systems are the future for the low-cost sector and on short and medium-haul routes in particular,” said Jan-Peter Gaense, Director Project & Certification at Lufthansa Systems. “We look forward to working with Air Europa and our strong collaboration partners.”