10th Oct 2019
WiFi on flights is still scarce on low cost domestic flights. That’s a blessing for some who relish the excuse to disconnect from the cloud for a short time, but for others who crave distraction on smaller planes with little entertainment things are to improve.
AisAsia has announced its “enhanced inflight entertainment and connectivity experience” soon to be available to passengers on planes with their upgraded WiFi Services using the GX Aviation: Inmarsat’s high-speed Ka-band platform. This replaces the previous “Rokki” system.
So far on 2 Thai planes have be upgraded, whilst 6 planes operating in Malaysia have had the refit.
As the pioneer of low coast inflight WiFi in the region, we are always looking for ways to redefine the digital inflight experience for our guests.”, said Aireen Omar, AirAsia Group president.
The downside that this all comes at a cost. A report in online newspaper Thethaiger reports prices could be anywhere between 65 to 420 baht depending on the plan you select.
The Ka-band system claims to offer speeds superior to broadband enabling stutter-free live streaming of video and music as well as the usual access to social media. The service integrates with the airline’s entertainment and e-commerce platform, allowing passengers to access a variety of free entertainment, music, games, news and shopping using their personal mobile devices. It will be rolled out across AirAsia’s Airbus A320 and A330 fleet over the next year.
Additional planes are due to be upgraded over the next year.