Ka-band, powered by ROKKI, to enable guests to stay connected up in the air
Seeking to improve their already acclaimed inflight high-speed wireless internet service, AirAsia has upgraded a total of eight aircraft (six being a part of AirAsia Malaysia, while two are among their Thailand counterparts) with the Immarsat GX Aviation Ka-Band platform, with plans to upgrade more planes over the course of the following year.
Aireen Omar, AirAsia’s Group President said: “As the pioneer of LCC inflight wifi in the region, we are always looking for ways to redefine the digital inflight experience for our guests. Introducing Ka-band, powered by ROKKI, 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.”
Philip Balaam, Immarsat Aviation President also commented that “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 followed up his statement with confidence that the upgrading of AirAsia’s inflight broadband to a higher standard would only be met with approval by passengers, and reaffirmed that teams from Immarsat Aviation would work closely with AirAsia during the installation process in AirAsia’s fleet of A320 and A330 Airbuses.
Following the announcement, AirAsia provided passengers a free trial of the service over the course of September, allowing them a free 10MB to use on anything from news and shopping to games, music and streamed videos.