Inflight Dublin chosen by Ukraine International Airlines to provide its Wireless IFE solution

October 21

Inflight Dublin has been selected by Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) to provide its end-to-end wireless inflight entertainment (IFE) solution, Everhub™.

The multi-year deal sees Inflight Dublin initially equipping 15 of UIA’s aircraft with its DO-160G certified Everhub™ portable wireless server. The Everhub™ software platform will be accessible to UIA’s passengers through Inflight Dublin’s advanced passenger web application. The accompanying content package consists of Hollywood blockbusters, popular TV shows and Inflight Dublin’s revenue-generating games platform, Gladi8tor Gaming. Advertising will also play a key role in creating new revenue streams for UIA.

Underpinning Everhub’s™ engaging services is a bespoke data analytics platform, Insights®, where performance reports will be generated, reviewed and utilised to optimise services moving forward.

Ukraine International Airlines is the flag carrier and largest airline of Ukraine. With its main hub in Kyiv, it operates flights to over 8 domestic and 33 international destinations.

“We are excited to work with Inflight Dublin on leveraging their advertising and analytics platform to generate revenue and gain insights into our passengers’ preferences on board. Everhub™ encompasses everything we need for a wireless IFE solution – hardware, software, content and ancillary revenue services. With all elements provided by one supplier it will result in impressive cost-savings and operational efficiencies. We have full trust that Inflight Dublin will guide us through our debut into the wireless IFE space and we look forward to providing an enjoyable, touch-free experience to our passengers.”– Oleksandr Gerekhanov, UIA’s Head of Technologies & Departure Control System Dept.

“Everhub™ encompasses everything we need for a wireless IFE solution – hardware, software, content and ancillary revenue services.”
“It gives us great pride to announce this partnership with UIA and to be working with such a strong and prominent airline in the industry. Everhub™ is resonating with the airline market as a cost-effective solution to entertain passengers while simultaneously generate significant revenues. The initial rollout is only the beginning of this exciting partnership and we are eager to leverage the unlimited potential of Everhub™ with UIA over the coming years.”

Barry Flynn, Inflight Dublin’s CCO

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Inflight Dublin to provide Everhub™ iPad solution for Qatar Airways and Executive fleet

October 13

Inflight Dublin has been selected by Qatar Airways, Qatar Executive and Qatar Amiri to provide its Everhub™ iPad solution.

As part of a three year partnership that launched in September 2021, Inflight Dublin is leveraging the software platform from its successful wireless IFE solution, Everhub™. The interactive media application is DRM-enabled and includes a fully customizable Graphical User Interface (GUI) that is aligned with Qatar Airways’ illustrious IFE brand – Oryx One.

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“Partnering with world-leading airline Qatar Airways and its subsidiary Qatar Executive is a fantastic achievement for Inflight Dublin. The flexibility of our Everhub™ platform allowed us to meet the requirements for this iPad service, through the delivery of an interactive and engaging experience for its passengers. This partnership further emphasises Inflight Dublin’s position as the most versatile IFE provider in the market.” – John White, Inflight Dublin’s CEO

“The flexibility of our Everhub™ platform allowed us to meet Qatar Executive’s requirements for this iPad service, through the delivery of an interactive and engaging experience for its passengers.”

Inflight Dublin’s CTO, David Miller said “We are delighted to have delivered our innovative pre-loaded iPad solution to Qatar Airways and its Executive fleet. As an extension of our market-leading wireless IFE platform, Everhub™, tight timelines were overcome through the efficient onsite delivery and management of hundreds of devices that are powered by Everhub’s advanced and user-friendly media application. The technical expertise of Inflight Dublin combined with the adaptability of the Everhub™ software ensures a truly tailored and reliable experience for each of our airline partners.”

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ASKY partners with Inflight Dublin as its content and wireless IFE provider

October 07

ASKY, The Pan African airline, partners with Inflight Dublin for the provision of wireless Inflight Entertainment (IFE) and content services on its fleet of Boeing 737s New Generation aircraft.

Commencing this last quarter of 2021, the three-year partnership sees Inflight Dublin providing its wireless IFE solution, Everhub™, across ASKY airlines’ B737 fleet. Inflight Dublin’s market-leading Everhub™ software platform will excite passengers through a range of engaging features. The content catalogue consists of Hollywood movies, popular TV Shows, local African programmes and documentaries, music and games.

ASKY airlines will also be utilizing Inflight Dublin’s bespoke data analytics platform, IFD Insights™, where they will gain access to intuitive performance reports that will support the optimisation and expansion of their IFE service moving forward.

“Introducing such an innovative inflight entertainment system on board our aircraft is something we are very excited about. Everhub provides ASKY airlines the opportunity to enrich our passengers’ experience and engage with them in a more tailored and personal manner. ASKY is introducing this service as part of its efforts to continuously enhance the services it provides to its passengers”- Mesfin Tasew, Asky Airlines’ CEO

“Everhub provides ASKY airlines the opportunity to enrich our passengers’ experience and engage with them in a more tailored and personal manner.”
“It gives us great pleasure to be chosen by ASKY Airlines to provide our Wireless IFE solution, Everhub, across its fleet of B737 aircraft. Our extensive expertise in the African region enables Inflight Dublin to provide the best level of service to ASKY airlines. The demand for Wireless IFE is as prominent as ever and with our pool of fantastic airline partners continuing to grow it is a testament to the strength of our product offering.” - Barry Flynn, Inflight Dublin’s CCO

About ASKY:

ASKY, The Pan-African Airline, is a 100% privately owned airline created by regional banking institutions in Africa that includes The ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID), The West African Development Bank (BOAD) and ECOBANK Group (ETI) in partnership with Ethiopian Airlines.

ASKY is a commercial company under private law and is managed by experienced African aviation professionals, with Ethiopian airlines as its strategic partner.

ASKY currently operates a fleet of ten aircraft: five (5) Boeing 737-800s and five (5) Boeing 737-700s, serving twenty-five (25) cities in twenty-two (22) countries within Africa.

ASKY’s focus is to develop a strong intra-Africa network that foster regional development, tourism, economic growth and regional integration as a major economic catalyst within the continent with its long-term goal of a sustainable business focused on profitability.

For more information, contact communication@flyasky.com, visit our website www.flyasky.com or our LinkedIn; Twitter Facebook and Instagram pages, @ASKY Airlines

 

About Inflight Dublin:

Inflight Dublin is a leading global provider of inflight entertainment (IFE) solutions with a 37-year history of supplying airlines with the latest Hollywood and international content, as well as wireless, digital, and design services. Everhub is Inflight Dublin’s touch-free, end-to-end wireless IFE solution consisting of Hardware, Software, Content and Ancillary Services to deliver a “one-stop-shop” for airlines to provide an engaging experience for their passengers, while also generating considerable revenues for the airline. With over 50 clients, including the flag carriers of 15 countries, Inflight Dublin’s content supply business is the market leader in Africa and Scandinavia, while also being dominant across Europe.

For more information, contact jane.boland@inflightdublin.com, visit our website www.inflightdublin.com or our LinkedIn and Twitter, @InflightDublin.

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Sunclass Airlines Wireless IFE

Inflight Dublin has been providing IFE content services to Sunclass Airlines since 2014, ranging from the latest Hollywood movies to promotional motion graphics.

Challenge

What was the requirement identified by Sunclass Airlines?

When Sunclass Airlines began to investigate wireless IFE options, they witnessed the growing popularity and many benefits it offers. Inflight Dublin advised on the Everhub solution which would align with their current offering of seatback content and provide a touch-free solution for passengers during a time when hygiene and safety is a top priority.

Solution

How we addressed Sunclass Airlines’ requirements

After receiving a demo of the solution, Sunclass Airlines were satisfied to proceed with a full deployment of Everhub across its A321 fleet. With tight deadlines to ensure a seamless entry to service, the solution had a complete turnaround of just 8 weeks from discussion to full installation.

Key Features of the solution:

  • Hardware: Fully certified portable server with hot-swappable batteries and remote syncing and content update capabilities.
  • Engineering: No STC required. Quick and easy deployment.
  • Software: Complementing the portable server, the Everhub™ software platform features a fully customizable GUI tailored to Sunclass Airlines’s brand identity.
  • Ancillary Revenue: Advertising for onboard snacks and duty-free
  • Analytics: Inflight Dublin’s intuitive analytics platform, IFD Insights, was accessible to Sunclass Airlines to monitor most popular content watched by passengers and advertising performance.
  • Content: The content package featured Hollywood blockbusters, TV shows and YouTube content, and Publications.
  • Support: Inflight Dublin’s dedicated engineering and account management team were available at every step to assist with the installation and continued maintenance of the solution.

The Everhub system is a very good content rich inflight solution. It is easy to operate, just switch on the system, inform the passenger how to access the solution and within seconds they are up and running. No downloads or sign-ups is required. The solution enhance the passengers’ onboard experiences and make the flight more enjoyable.”

-Ewa Ekman, Sunclass Airlines’ Cabin Chief Stockholm-Arlanda

Outcome

The resulting benefits to Sunclass Airlines

Sunclass Airlines expanded their IFE offering from traditional overhead and seatback systems to include a touch-free option for passengers to continue enjoying content on board. Constant communication between Sunclass Airlines and Inflight Dublin’s account management and engineering teams was a key factor that led to the project’s success.

Inflight Dublin also assisted in providing instructional information and materials to help Sunclass Airlines promote the system on board and increase passenger uptake. The feedback from passengers using Everhub was very positive, with praise for the ease of use and connecting to the system being the most frequent response, as well as the great selection of content available.

Sunclass Airlines had a great uptake in passengers utilizing Everhub and impressive results for advertisements and IFE ratings:

Everhub is very suitable on board our flight and there is something for all our guests. The support and cooperation from IFD Is very good and we had no problem to install the system on board. Both guests and Sunclass are very satisfied with the system.”

-Christina Pedersen, Sunclass Airlines’ Customer Experience Manager.

Inflight Dublin chosen by Neos as its IFE Content service provider

September 08

Inflight Dublin has been awarded the contract for the provision of Inflight Entertainment (IFE) content services by Italian airline, Neos.

Commencing in November 2021, Inflight Dublin will be providing a broad range of content across Neos’ fleet of B737 NG, MAX and B787 aircraft. The content catalogue features the latest Hollywood blockbusters, Classic movies and International content.

“Neos consistently works to deliver the finest services to our passengers and this new partnership with Inflight Dublin to provide a new and exciting inflight entertainment offering will be a great enhancement on board. The Inflight Dublin team have already been extremely proactive whilst demostrating fantastic support and we look forward to broadening our partnership in the future.”

– Aldo Sarnataro, Neos’ Commercial Director

“Inflight Dublin’s extensive experience around Europe and dedicated teams are key factors that enable us to provide a unique and personalized experience to Neos and its passengers.”

– Barry Flynn, Inflight Dublin’s CCO

“We are delighted to be working with Neos to provide an exciting catalogue of content to its passengers in the coming months. Inflight Dublin’s extensive experience around Europe and dedicated teams are key factors that enable us to provide a unique and personalized experience to Neos and its passengers.”

Barry Flynn, Inflight Dublin’s CCO

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Inflight Dublin selected by Sunclass Airlines as its Content and Wireless IFE provider

June 16

Inflight Dublin has been awarded the contract for the provision of content and wireless Inflight Entertainment (IFE) services by Sunclass Airlines.

Commencing in August 2021, the agreement sees Inflight Dublin providing its wireless IFE solution, Everhub™, on board Sunclass Airlines’ A321 aircraft, while also providing content services across their A330 fleet. The content catalogue consists of Hollywood movies, TV Shows, Boxsets, Music, and Publications. Also included is Inflight Dublin’s revenue-generating gaming platform, Gladi8tor Gaming, through LXM.

Sunclass Airlines is a Danish charter airline that operates a fleet of 10 A330 and A321 aircraft to over 30 destinations across Scandinavia, Europe, South America, and Asia.

“Broadening our partnership with Inflight Dublin is a reflection of our commitment to further engage with our passengers and to create exciting new revenue streams. The quick turnaround time and the utilization of one supplier for both our content and wireless IFE requirements will ensure an efficient and flexible setup, rollout and future expansion of this innovative service. As we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis, we are delighted to have Inflight Dublin’s continued support and to avail of their Wireless IFE solution, Everhub™. It will be an exciting addition to our inflight service for our loyal passengers.” – Christina Pedersen, Sunclass Airlines’ Customer Experience Manager

“The quick turnaround time and the utilization of one supplier for both our content and wireless IFE requirements will ensure an efficient and flexible setup, rollout and future expansion of this innovative service. ”

– Christina Pedersen, Sunclass Airlines’ Customer Experience Manager

“Sunclass Airlines’ decision to continue our partnership for content services while also introducing Everhub™ on their narrow body aircraft gives us great pride and further validates that Everhub™ is the leading Wireless IFE solution in the market. With the endless possibilities our scalable solution offers, Sunclass Airlines and Inflight Dublin will be building on the initial rollout with a range of engaging features to delight passengers and generate additional revenues in the near future.” – Barry Flynn, Inflight Dublin’s CCO


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Inflight Dublin to provide Wireless IFE trial for Air Peace

May 11

Inflight Dublin has been chosen by Nigeria’s foremost airline, Air Peace, to provide a trial of its Wireless IFE solution, Everhub™.

Beginning in May, Inflight Dublin will equip Air Peace’s brand new Embraer 195-E2 aircraft with the DO-160G certified Everhub™ Portable wireless server. The browser-based software platform features secure DRM streaming and a fully-customizable Graphical User Interface (GUI) to align with Air Peace’s brand guidelines. The content package consists of Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows, International content, documentaries, publications, and games from Inflight Dublin’s innovative gaming platform, Gladi8tor Gaming.

Photo: Embraer

“We have benefitted from Inflight Dublin’s expertise in the inflight entertainment industry for many years, allowing us to provide the best on-trend and engaging content to our passengers during their flight. Introducing wireless IFE onboard was something we had been eagerly investigating and Inflight Dublin’s wireless solution ticked all the boxes. We are delighted our passengers will be able to experience great inflight entertainment on their journey with Air Peace, whether it is on a seatback screen or their own personal devices” – Akram Beldi, Air Peace’s In-Flight Entertainment Engineer.

“Introducing wireless IFE onboard was something we had been eagerly investigating and Inflight Dublin’s wireless solution ticked all the boxes”

Air Peace is a passenger and charter airline with a varied fleet of 28 aircraft (B777, B737, ERJ-145 and E195-E2) and currently services 16 local routes, 5 regional and 2 international destinations including Johannesburg and Dubai via Sharjah. The airline is reputed for its best-in-class flight services and strong commitment to passenger safety.

““We are thrilled to continue to grow our relationship with Air Peace, a valued client for over 4 years. Deploying Everhub™ on board their E2 aircraft in a matter of weeks demonstrates the flexibility of the Everhub™ solution and commitment of Inflight Dublin to adapt to our clients' ever-changing needs.”

- Barry Flynn, Inflight Dublin’s CCO.

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Inflight Dublin chosen by Widerøe to provide Wireless IFE trial

April 21

Inflight Dublin has been chosen by Norwegian regional airline, Widerøe, to provide a 6-month trial of its Wireless IFE solution, Everhub™.

Beginning in June, Inflight Dublin will equip three of Widerøe’s Embraer E2 aircraft with the DO-160G certified Everhub™ Portable wireless server. The Everhub™ software platform will be accessible to Widerøe’s passengers through Inflight Dublin’s web-based passenger application which features a brand-aligned Graphical User Interface (GUI) available in 11 languages. The content package consists of Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows, International content, documentaries, publications and games.

Widerøe is the largest regional airline operating in the Nordic countries, with a fleet of 45 aircraft flying to 41 destinations in Norway and 8 destinations in Europe.

“Taking the first step into the inflight entertainment space is something we have wanted to do for some time and we are excited to be working with Inflight Dublin to further enhance our passengers’ journey. The Everhub solution is impressive and we look forward to offer this to our customers and benefit from the potential revenue opportunities the system has to offer.” – Knut Anders Enoksen, Widerøe’s Manager of Ancillary Products & Loyalty Program.

“The Everhub solution is impressive and we look forward to offer this to our customers and benefit from the potential revenue opportunities the system has to offer.”

“We are delighted to begin our partnership with Widerøe and to support them through the process of introducing wireless inflight entertainment on board. Wireless IFE is continually growing in popularity as a cost-effective way to offer inflight entertainment and generate revenue through ancillary services that enhance the in-flight experience for passengers. Therefore, we look forward to collaborating with Widerøe on this exciting project and to engage and delight its passengers”.

Barry Flynn, Inflight Dublin’s CCO

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Inflight Dublin provides Wireless IFE trial for Korean Air

April 07

Inflight Dublin has been chosen by Korean Air, the flag-carrier of South Korea, to provide a 6-month trial of its Wireless IFE solution, Everhub™.

Commencing in May, Inflight Dublin will equip Korean Air’s legacy fleet with the DO-160G certified Everhub™ Portable wireless server. The Everhub™ software platform will be accessible to Korean Air’s passengers through Inflight Dublin’s web-based passenger application which features a brand-aligned Graphical User Interface (GUI) available in up to 12 languages. The content package consists of Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows, selected International content, documentaries and games.

“We are excited to be working with Inflight Dublin to expand our on-board wireless entertainment experience on legacy fleets for our passengers to enjoy while using their own devices. The entire process has been seamless and we look forward to seeing the benefits of the solution in action.”

– Connor Lee, VP of Marketing Department, Korean Air

Korean Air is the largest airline in South Korea with a fleet of 100+ aircraft and flights to almost 150 international destinations.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Korean Air and to expand our reach to the Korean market. More and more airlines are developing their IFE offering to incorporate Wireless, recognising the cost, operational, and hygiene benefits the system delivers. We look forward to providing the highest quality experience to Korean Air’s passengers.” – Barry Flynn, Inflight Dublin’s CCO

“More and more airlines are developing their IFE offering to incorporate Wireless, recognising the cost, operational, and hygiene benefits the system delivers.”

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A Brief History of the French New Wave

February 17

What is the French New Wave?

The French New Wave, or Nouvelle Vague, was a film movement that started in the late 1950s in (you guessed it) France.

Origins

Of the opinion that cinema had become dated and out of touch, a group of French filmmakers and critics – influenced by Italian Neorealism and directors like Hitchcock and Welles – proposed a new vision for the medium.

Through a series of essays, they laid out their manifesto in influential movie journal, Cahiers du Cinema.

The critics had four main points:

  • Cinema must be considered an important and significant artform.
  • Filmmakers should experiment, and develop new formal techniques.
  • Films must address themes and issues that relate to modern audiences: existentialism, memory, love, childhood and friendship – to name a few.
  • A film’s director had full control over all elements of the film, from script to cinematography and everything in between. This is known as auteur theory.

These critiques were revolutionary for their time, and became the foundations for the French New Wave.

Notable Directors

Generally speaking, the movement’s directors were split into two collectives: Cahiers Du Cinema or the Left Bank.

The former, which included luminaries like Claude Chabrol, Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Rivette, produced several outstanding films that, for many, define the New Wave.

At the time, the Left Bank was less associated with the medium than the cinéastes of Cahiers. 

However, this looser relationship had its advantages. Free from the formal constraints and expectations of traditional filmmaking, the Left Bank incorporated other forms – like literature, poetry and documentary – in their movies.

This cross-disciplinary approach led to some of the era’s most unique and interesting films.

Some names you might recognise from this group include Agnès Varda, Chris Marker and Alain Resnais.

Key Characteristics

These directors used techniques that were bold, new and experimental.

Two famous examples are Jean-Luc Godard’s rapid-fire jump cuts in À bout de souffle, which give it its unpredictable, energetic, “breathless” feel, and Francois Truffaut’s iconic tracking shots in Les 400 Coups:

 

 

Others developments include shooting on location, the use of direct sound and natural light, and filming with handheld cameras. 

In terms of themes, filmmakers focussed on the personal, philosophical and political concerns of mid-20th century France.

Agnes Varda’s Cléo de 5 à 7, for instance, is a powerful look at existence, illness and fame, while Truffaut’s Jules et Jim and Jacques Rozier’s Adieu Philippine capture the anxiety, confusion and liberation of the post-war years.

Another notable feature was the use of ironic and sarcastic humour, rhetorical devices used to great (and often hilarious) effect.

Must-Sees

It’s a tough ask listing all of the great New Wave films! There are so many worth watching. Nevertheless, here are some absolute must-sees.

In no particular order:

  • Hiroshima Mon Amour (dir. Alain Resnais)
  • Les 400 Coups (dir. Francois Truffaut)
  • Jules et Jim (dir. Francois Truffaut)
  • Cléo de 5 à 7 (dir. Agnes Varda)
  • Claire’s Knee (dir. Eric Rohmer)
  • À bout de souffle (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
  • Les Bonnes Femmes (dir. Claude Chabrol)
  • Lola (dir. Jacques Demy)
  • Paris Nous Appartient (dir. Jacques Rivette)

Take your pick; they’re all fantastic.

Influence

In this excellent article, Miss Rosen describes how auteur theory changed cinema forever:

 

Rejecting the established language of cinema, it placed the power with the director, who would stamp their personal signature on the work so that the hand of the artist was felt from start to finish.

We can see the impact of this on the many stylists (or auteurs) of today. 

Tarantino, Scorcese, the Coens and Nolan, for instance, have created bodies of work that are unmistakeably their own; this is a direct influence of the New Wave’s insistence on directorial autonomy.

Also, the movement’s storytelling and filmmaking techniques, so bold and adventurous back then, are now ingrained in cinema.

Take handheld cameras, as just one example. Used in everything from 28 Days Later to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to Saving Private Ryan, you can’t imagine contemporary movies without them. 

But if I haven’t convinced you, maybe Marty Scorsese himself will. Check out the below vid, where the huge influence the French New Wave had on his work:

 

 

Concluding Thoughts

Is it a stretch to say that the Nouvelle Vague created modern cinema?

It sounds like hyperbole, but it’s fair to say the likes of Pulp Fiction and Goodfellas arguably wouldn’t exist without it. Or, if they did, would certainly be very different.

Cultural and artistic significance aside, the films still hold up.

The best are funny, smart, profound, exciting and fun. In terms of visuals, style and themes, they don’t feel or look dated; which is quite something when you consider that some are close to seventy years old.

So, there you have it! The French New Wave.

It took the rulebook, ripped it up, wrote a new one, and, in the end, changed cinema forever.

Inflight Dublin prides itself on providing the best International titles to our clients, from the French New Wave and beyond. If you’d like to learn more, contact us at mail@inflightdublin.com.

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