November 1, 2016 – Zodiac Inflight Innovations (Zii) has released an update of its activities in the IFEC sector. The company reports that over the past six months it has secured “well over 200” new RAVE AVOD IFE systems to equip commercial aircraft, four new A350 customers, 150 committed B737Max aircraft, their first A380 customer as well as over 200 Global Express Connectivity equipped aircraft committed, with the first installation scheduled early in 2017.
Zii has added to its basic RAVE Centric AVOD system a wireless IFE system (RAVE Wireless) and a line-fit Ka-band connectivity system (RAVE Broadband) that is available on all Airbus platforms including the A350 XWB and A380. Zii is line fit on the Airbus A320, A330, A380 and A350 and the company is working to make it become a line-fit option on Boeing aircraft and is adding standard seat pairings with all of the major seat suppliers.
“We like to think of ourselves as different and disruptive,” said Larry Girard, executive vice president at Zodiac Inflight Innovations. “We are disruptive by design; our seat centric architecture has fewer LRUs, it’s simple to operate and maintain with unprecedented availability and no ‘dark’ flights. Coupled with a common software platform and standard parts, we are commercially disruptive as well.”
Zii has this year added an aftermarket support package. With RAVE Care, an airline can tailor a support package to its specific needs for a fixed price per month per aircraft. RAVE Care can include spares, repairs, customer abuse and even content integration, as well as a software guarantee that means airlines never have to worry about the cost of updating their passenger user Interface and features over the lifetime of the system.
Zii has also reported its operational performance, with on-time delivery and repair turnaround time performance of over 99%, and system reliability of over 99.5%.