Philippine Airlines has become the launch customer of OnAir Play, OnAir’s latest wireless-IFE product, which will be retrofitted to its A330 fleet. The fleet already features Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir, OnAir’s full GSM and wi-fi connectivity package, and with this deal, Philippine Airlines has also become the first carrier in Asia-Pacific to provide its passengers with fully integrated connectivity and inflight entertainment.
OnAir Play combines multimedia IFE with Internet OnAir so passengers can stream or download on-demand content to their own personal electronic devices, like they do at home using TV channels’ on-demand apps. And because the W-IFE will be fully integrated with the aircraft’s connectivity, time-critical information, such as live news and sports highlights, will be constantly updated throughout the flight.
Content available to Philippine Airlines’ passengers will include a wide selection of movies; e-reader magazines including Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveller, Vanity Fair, and National Geographic; and the next stage is to include the digital version of the duty free catalogue.
OnAir Play is a low-cost upgrade from OnAir’s existing connectivity products and it is simple to operate. Airlines can also brand OnAir products to ensure brand consistency across the complete passenger experience.
“We are expanding our long-haul network rapidly, with plans to open routes to Australia, the US and beyond,” said Ramon Ang, president of Philippine Airlines. “We are expanding our fleet and we want to offer the latest cabin entertainment options available. There is no doubt that merging entertainment with connectivity provides a fun way of spending time during the flight. Our passengers can now access the content they want, when they want it, on the device of their choice.”