LION’S SHARE FOR AIRFI
Lion Air Group has signed an agreement with PT. Dua Surya Dinamika (DSD) which is AirFi Indonesia to deploy wireless IFE across more than 200 Aircraft that make up the fleets of the Lion Group (Lion Air, Batik Air, Wings Air, Malindo and Thai Lion). Those fleets comprise aircraft ranging ATR 72s, Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s to wide body A330s and 747s. “I don’t think you’ll find another IFE solution that has been sold across LCCs, FSCs and regional airlines, particularly all at the same time,” declares Satish Mahtani, president director of AirFi Indonesia.
Set up in 2018, AirFi Indonesia had already won business from Sriwijaya Air and NAM Air in Indonesia before this sizeable deal. Within the long-term contract with Lion are options to upgrade to AirFi LEO, the company’s lightweight connectivity solution, which is to be launched on the Airbus A319/A320s of Atlantic Airways based in the Faroe Islands.
The Lion Air agreement delivers a fully managed service to each airline in the group including all hardware and software, content and revenue generation capabilities, and contributes to AirFi Asia operations expanding in each of the largest ASEAN nations – Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. “In Indonesia , we dominate the IFE market,” Mahtani says.
Including the Lion Air Group contract, the AirFi Asia Pacific client portfolio now incorporates 14 airlines, and more than doubles the AirFi-equipped aircraft in region to over 400.