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Wizz Air tests WiFi 'Lite' for inflight messaging and contactless payments

Monday 21 June 2021 08:26 CET | News

Wizz Air has partnered with connectivity specialist AS-IP Tech (ASIP) to bring ‘WiFi lite’ to its passengers. In March 2021, inflight connectivity specialist AS-IP Tech (ASIP) installed the first Bluetooth connectivity kit on a commercial aircraft. The kit, consisting of a dual window antenna, is set to provide basic WiFi connectivity for passengers onboard for things like messaging and contactless payments.

The kit, named fflya, was installed onboard a Wizz Air UK Airbus A321, in cooperation with Storm Aviation and Wizz Air UK Technical Services. With ground testing complete, the company is now readying the system for rollout to passengers. For Wizz Air UK passengers, that means connectivity will soon be available on flights. 

Passengers connect via a customizable app, giving airlines an opportunity to generate ancillary revenue. fflya has been specifically designed with low-cost carriers in mind. It’s not a huge capacity, high-speed network, the likes of which are found on full service and long-haul airlines. Rather, this is a needs-based system, providing the most basic connectivity for the most essential and low capacity functions, according to simpleflying.com.


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