Brea CA, April 24, 2014: Air Transat will soon become the world’s first airline to offer RAVE™ Wireless, Zodiac Inflight Innovations’ ground-breaking content streaming technology. Passengers flying on Canada’s leading holiday travel airline will be able to stream movies, TV shows, music and moving maps directly to their own smartphones, tablets and laptops.
RAVE Wireless will be retrofitted on Air Transat’s fleet of nine A310-300 aircraft. Air Transat is a long-standing customer of Zodiac Inflight Innovations (Zii), with RAVE™ embedded IFE being installed on the A310 fleet in business class, as well as on the airline’s A330 fleet throughout the aircraft.
“Our embedded IFE has been very popular with our passengers for several years,” said Jon Turner of Air Transat. “With the introduction of wireless streaming, we are taking our cabin service to a new level. This is an exciting development and we are very pleased that Air Transat is one of the first airlines in the world to provide content streaming.”
The technology behind RAVE™ Wireless was developed by TriaGnoSys, the expert in communications technology for the aviation industry, which was acquired by Zii in September 2013. That acquisition added connectivity to Zii’s IFE offering, meaning Zii provides the full range of IFEC technology.
“We have a very strong relationship with Air Transat and we are very pleased it will be our launch customer for RAVE Wireless,” said Harry Gray, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Zodiac Inflight Innovations. “This marks not only a step-change for Zii, but also for the whole industry. Passengers want on-demand content on their own personal electronic devices, mirroring their behavior on the ground. There is no question that wireless streaming is a part of the future of IFE for specific market segments.”
RAVE™ Wireless uses wireless access points (WAPs) to create an onboard wireless network for content distribution. Importantly, RAVE embedded IFE™ and RAVE™ Wireless can be connected to enable passengers to use two screens – the seat-back screen and their own PED – simultaneously. It includes the ability to extend content across both screens, just as people can do with dual screens at home and in the office.
About Air Transat
Air Transat is Canada’s leading holiday travel airline. Every year, it carries some 3 million passengers to nearly 60 destinations in 25 countries aboard its fleet of Airbus wide-body jets. The company employs approximately 2,000 people. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., an integrated international tour operator with more than 60 destination countries that distributes products in over 50 countries.
About Zodiac Aerospace
Zodiac Aerospace is a world leader in aeronautical equipment and systems designed for commercial, regional and business aircraft, as well as helicopters and spacecraft. Zodiac Aerospace has 30,000 employees worldwide, and brought in sales revenue of €3.9 billion in 2012/2013 through its five business segments: Zodiac Cabin & Structures, Zodiac Galleys & Equipment, Zodiac Seats, Zodiac Aerosafety and Zodiac Aircraft Systems. www.zodiacaerospace.com.
Zodiac Inflight Innovations is a division of Zodiac Aerospace. Recently acquired by Zodiac Aerospace, The IMS Company and TriaGnoSys have been providing innovative inflight entertainment and connectivity technology solutions since 1996 and 2002 respectively. Now operating as Zodiac Inflight Innovations, the company will continue to push the envelope in innovation and creativity, providing premium IFEC without the premium penalties.