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Mon, 22 August 2016

Philippine Airlines to Enhance IFE with SITAOnAir

AeroMod International is installing SITAOnAir wireless inflight entertainment (IFE) services on select Philippine Airlines aircraft.

AeroMod commenced installation of the SITAOnAir wireless IFE system on Philippine Airlines Airbus A321 fleet in July.

Under the program, Philippine Airlines will have one wireless IFE-installed aircraft returned to service every day.

Our new facility was designed to offer connectivity and IFE installations significantly faster than other MROs, said AeroMod President Gary Girard. To prevent fleet-planning disruption, we can also adapt to customers needs and send a qualified team to the customers chosen location, anywhere in the world, as we have been doing for Philippines Airlines.

Market analysis by AeroMod reveals that only 13% of non-U.S. airlines have wireless IFE fully deployed. Despite this, a recent SITA survey of passengers worldwide showed IFE is now more commonly consumed via Wi-Fi on a personal device, rather than on the aircrafts seat-back screen (46% vs 44%, with 10% using both). Additionally, two thirds (65%) of passengers would choose to access it via their own devices if wireless IFE was available.

86% of passengers take a smartphone onto a plane and they would prefer to also use them to access IFE. These networks therefore need to be highly robust in order to deliver HD quality video to all passengers, said David Lavorel, CEO of SITAOnAir. AeroMod has an enviable track record for installations that are both of exceptional quality and are turned around quickly, getting the planes back in the air as soon as possible.

Philippine Airlines currently operates to over 40 international and over 30 domestic destinations.

See also: Philippine Airlines HD Video Interview with Jaime J. Bautista, President & COO.

See other recent news regarding: AeroMod, SITA, IFE, PAL, Philippine Airlines, Philippines

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