Airlines set to trial immersive IFE technology


Tomorrow will see SkyLights reveal its second-generation immersive IFE technology at APEX Expo in Long Beach, California, designed to upgrade and differentiate the business class experience from the economy class offer. The system combines the new AlloSky headset, and content is provided through newly signed content partnerships with Warner Brothers, National Geographic, Lionsgate and BBC.

In terms of content, the new partnerships compliment SkyLights’ longstanding supporters, 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks, to offer a strengthened selection of films, series and documentaries in 2D, 3D and 180°.

“Our new solution is guided by our learning from thousands of flights commercially deployed with our first generation. We have identified what matters most and have kept this knowledge at the core of the second-generation solution. It’s more premium, more comfortable and has streamlined logistics. We believe this is a breakthrough, making the future of in-flight entertainment a reality today. For the first time, airlines will introduce an entertainment experience which is better than anything else yet available on the ground.” said David Dicko, CEO of SkyLights.

SkyLights is running an early-access launch program as part of the inauguration of the AlloSky system. Among the participants are Air France, gategroup, AccorHotels, Corsair and Jetfly. Air France will start the deployment early next year through its new airline Joon, which focuses on a youthful travel experience. Around the same time, Corsair will launch the solution in its new, full-flat, business class cabins.

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