The Bluebox Wow streaming IFE answer is now out there as a plug-in mannequin. The corporate introduced certification from EASA this week, permitting the up to date choice to be put in on A320 plane.
Aerospace Engineering Options led the certification course of and holds the STC. The transfer comes as a part of testing with a soon-to-be-announced buyer within the Asia-Pacific area.
The granting of this STC is an thrilling and main milestone for us as we proceed to enroll new airline clients desperate to return to the enterprise of delivering distinctive digital in-flight experiences to their passengers. – James Macrae, CTO, Bluebox
The unique Bluebox Wow platform delivered a transportable, battery-powered answer positioned in an overhead bin. It allowed for a cheap IFE platform that shortly deploys throughout a fleet. However, CTO James Macrae sees a shift out there, one which Bluebox is eager to seize, “We’re attracting the curiosity of airways with bigger fleets. By using plane energy, Bluebox Wow units can ship the identical digital IFE companies with out a battery current, eliminating the necessity for logistics administration of batteries, and nonetheless providing a significantly lighter and lower-cost system than absolutely fitted W-IFE.”
The up to date configuration additionally features a “Pause on PA” characteristic that pauses playback within the occasion of bulletins from the flight deck or cabin crew, a nod to passenger security. Eradicating the battery is an additional step on that path. Macrae notes that the corporate can “keep away from the necessity for sophisticated battery/flight standing logic and management and the doable dangers concerned.”
The Bluebox Wow platform affords a spread of leisure throughout movie, TV, audio, video games, and different digital content material. These companies will be supplied to passengers on a complimentary foundation or paid for through cost card or voucher entry with no cabin crew interplay required.
Bluebox additionally affords onboard retail companies, together with the power to order and pay for services through passenger units with full stock synchronisation, in parallel to conventional gross sales from galley carts through cabin crew point-of-sale units. Along with onboard touch-free gross sales, Bluebox’s retail options additionally allow pre-paid (reserving path) purchases.
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