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EL AL set for European first with onboard Wi-Fi solution


EL AL set for European first with onboard Wi-Fi solution

EL AL will be the first carrier to offer ViaSat’s Exede in the Air Wi-Fi service on flights within Europe.

Israeli airline EL AL will introduce in-flight Wi-Fi on its Boeing 737s, becoming the first airline to offer ViaSat’s ‘Exede in the Air’ service in Europe.

The carrier’s passengers will be able to connect to the high-capacity Ka-band satellite-based Wi-Fi service using their own smartphones, tablets and laptops. A range of options will be offered, including both free and paid-for connections.

Elyezer Shkedy, CEO, EL AL, said: “As part of the airline’s commercial strategy, installation of an Internet service on European routes will significantly improve the quality of service and the flight experience for EL AL customers. The new service is in addition to innovations in in-flight entertainment, including a streaming system within the coming months.”

This streaming system that Shkedy referred to is Lufthansa Systems’ BoardConnect solution, which will soon be installed on 10 737s and two 767s, offering passengers access to the on-demand video, audio and games via their own device.

Mark Dankberg, CEO of ViaSat, added: “EL AL is a great airline partner for this first European launch of Exede in the Air fast Internet service. Our new level of in-flight Internet performance complements the personal and user-friendly flight experience offered by EL AL and we expect enthusiastic responses from EL AL passengers, similar to those we experienced when we inaugurated our service in the USA.”

FTE Europe 2016 will take place at RAI Amsterdam

FTE Europe 2016 will take place at RAI Amsterdam from 25-26 April 2016.

Prepare for the in-flight passenger experience of 2025 at FTE Europe 2016, 25-26 April, Amsterdam

Future Travel Experience Europe 2016 (25-26 April, RAI Amsterdam) will be the region’s most forward-thinking passenger experience event this year, thanks to the ‘Passenger Experience 2025’ theme, inspirational keynote addresses by Philips Head of Design Pierre-Yves Panis and SkyTeam CEO Perry Cantarutti, two unique conference agendas, the Co-creation Forum Europe, fresh perspectives on the Onboard 2025 Think Tank vision, an end-to-end exhibition and a social agenda based around the world famous King’s Day celebrations.

The ‘Up in the Air’ conference stream will focus on how airlines and their partners can make use of new and emerging technologies to create an outstanding in-flight experience. Senior figures from the likes of Google, IATA, easyJet, CitizenM, Aer Lingus, Air France-KLM, TUIfly, Norwegian, B/E Aerospace, TU Delft, Honour Branding and the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) will address delegates, providing unique insight on topics ranging from next generation IFEC and 2025 cabin design, to new onboard commerce opportunities, and crew and passenger empowerment.

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