AirAsia is upgrading its WiFi service, powered by ROKKI, to provide high-speed inflight connectivity to guests flying with the airline.
Six aircraft operated by AirAsia Malaysia and two aircraft operated by AirAsia Thailand have been equipped with Inmarsat’s high-speed Ka-band platform, GX Aviation
The roll out to install the new WiFi to AirAsia’s entire fleet of 98 aircraft will continue over the next year.
The airline states that the Ka-band offers an enhanced inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) experience beyond basic broadband, supporting real-time video and music streaming.
To celebrate, AirAsia has been offering guests travelling on GX Aviation-equipped aircraft a free 10MB trial of the new service throughout this month (September 2019).
AirAsia Group President Aireen Omar said, “As the pioneer of Low Cost Carrier inflight wifi in the region, we are always looking for ways to redefine the digital inflight experience for our guests.
Introducing ROKKI Ka-band is the next logical step in this process, which will allow our guests to stay connected throughout their journey and perform data-intensive activities, including live streaming.
This also enables better real-time analytics, allowing us to serve up more personalised services to AirAsia’s 100 million guests annually.”
Inmarsat Aviation President Philip Balaam said, “AirAsia’s launch of GX Aviation services is a significant milestone, as it brings to life the airline’s bold and innovative new digital offering for passengers.”
He continues by saying, “We are confident that their upgrade from basic connectivity to the industry’s gold standard inflight broadband will be warmly embraced by passengers.
Our teams continue to work closely together to install GX Aviation on the rest of AirAsia’s fleet of Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft, making it available to millions of new passengers each month.”
GX Aviation is the world’s first inflight broadband solution which claims to offer a reliable, seamless high-speed global coverage provided through a single operator.
AirAsia WiFi is an IFEC platform that offers guests free entertainment, music, games, news and shopping.
You will be able to connect for free via your personal mobile device on any AirAsia WiFi-enabled aircraft to experience the inflight wifi.
Inmarsat is a global mobile satellite communications company. It owns and operates a global portfolio of satellite networks, specifically designed for customer mobility, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band.
It enables diversity in the solutions it provides. The company has a track record of operating a reliable global mobile satellite network, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for 40 years.
It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners.
Inmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government and Aviation satellite communications market providing this asset to its customers across the globe.
ROKKI is a provider of inflight entertainment, e-commerce and connectivity solutions that powers the AirAsia WiFi digital platform.
ROKKI system enables the public to stay online and connected on their personal mobile device inflight.
Rokki CEO Sargunan Seenivasan said Rokki, as a provider of inflight entertainment, is targeting 40 per cent from an average of 150 passengers to be using the inflight WiFi service.
He said about 20 per cent of the passengers were using the WiFi service since its introduction.
“Now we see an upward trend among youths and businessmen with around 25 per cent of them using this service. We hope to see more users when the service is upgraded with GX-Aviation powered by Rokki” he said.
Media Release: 20/09/2019