Cypriot airline Cobalt Air is using a portable wireless IFE platform called Bluebox Wow to introduce IFE across its A319 and A320 fleet. Cabin crew have been trained and the system is going live this week.
Bluebox Wow, from Bluebox Aviation Systems, delivers wireless media content to passengers by streaming it to their own phones, laptops and tablets. Cobalt passengers can access movies and TV shows, with music, games and magazines to follow later, all through a web browser.
Bluebox Wow is a portable, lunchbox-sized unit. Each box’s single, swappable and rechargeable battery can deliver up to 15 hours of streamed video content. Cobalt Air has specified three Bluebox Wow units per aircraft, which are secured in the overhead lockers.
“We are very pleased to be offering IFE on board our flights now, just ahead of the peak summer and family holidays,” said Andrew Madar, CEO at Cobalt Air.
“From the outset we were clear that we didn’t want to have any disruption to our extremely busy fleet that a fitted system would incur. This solution from Bluebox was ideal for us – affordable and excellent quality – just like us.
“All our cabin crew have to do is turn it on and swap batteries when required. Families always travel with multiple devices, so we are making sure that every passenger can access our movies and TV shows.”