SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, has commenced a wireless inflight entertainment (IFE) system trial on one of its Airbus A320 aircraft.
During this trial, customers will be able to stream a wide variety of multimedia content such as movies, TV programmes and music directly onto their personal devices while onboard their flight.
Customers can access this inflight entertainment content through their laptops, Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod or Android tablets and smartphones.
Access to the inflight content, which will complement SilkAir’s existing overhead entertainment system, will be complimentary for customers.
“SilkAir has always explored opportunities to improve our service offerings and ensure our customers have an enjoyable travel experience. This initiative was introduced based on feedback from customers who wanted access to more inflight entertainment options on our flights. Upon successful trial, we look forward to introducing this system across our aircraft fleet by next year, providing customers with the complete SilkAir experience,” said Chief Executive, Mr. Leslie Thng.
SilkAir has partnered Panasonic Avionics Corporation for this trial, using the company’s eXW Wireless IFE solution.
In addition to customers’ feedback, SilkAir will be monitoring technical performance of the wireless streaming during this pilot trial.
 Aircraft registration number 9V-SLK
As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir operates the Singapore Airlines Group's narrowbody fleet and extends the Group network by seeding and developing new, exciting destinations in Asia Pacific.
The airline took to the skies in February 1989 as Tradewinds the Airline, before evolving into SilkAir in 1992. In its early days, the airline catered to passengers holidaying in exotic destinations in the region, including Phuket and Tioman. As the carrier developed, regional business destinations such as Phnom Penh, Yangon and Kuala Lumpur were added.
Today, the full service airline operates more than 300 weekly flights to 45 destinations in 12 countries. Latest additions to the network include Hanoi (June 2012), Visakhapatnam (October 2012), Semarang (July 2012), Makassar (August 2013) and Yogyakarta (November 2013). The airline currently has a fleet of 24 Airbus aircraft, comprising 6 A319s and 18 A320s. In August 2012, the airline announced the largest order in its history of up to 68 Boeing 737 aircraft, with firm orders comprising 23 Boeing 737-800s and 31 Boeing 737 MAX 8s.
For more details on SilkAir, visit silkair.com or http://www.facebook.com/SilkAir