[Avionics Magazine 11-21-2016] Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) is introducing a new premium content streaming service, “Saudi Skyfi,” which will allow its passengers to stream movies and television shows onto their own personal devices. The new wireless In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) platform is being deployed on 50 Saudi Airbus aircraft by Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) and KID-Systeme, a subsidiary of Airbus.
Saudia Airlines Airbus A320 aircraft.
GEE’s wireless entertainment is the application-based solution for KID-Systeme’s Skyfi platform, including IFE portal and back-end integration with the aircraft’s server, data management, content workflow and support. It is linefit certified by Airbus as part of the KID-Systeme cabin electronics suite.
The first aircraft delivery to Saudia took place in August 2016, and the Skyfi systems are currently being line fit installed on Saudi’s A330 aircraft.