Bhutan Airlines launches Inflight Entertainment System

Bhutan national carrier airlines Bhutan Airlines has joined the league of airlines offering passengers extra services to launch its inflight entertainment system (IFE).

In a statement, the airline’s CEO Pema N. Nadik revealed that the new step taken by the carrier was part of their “ongoing efforts to improve our services and provide our customers with the highest level of comfort and convenience”.

He added that the new, powered by AirFi, will significantly enhance the overall travel experience of their passengers.

About AirFi’s IFE System

AirFi is a well-known onboard sales company that provides mobile wireless IFE (Inflight Entertainment) services for aircraft, offering a perfect blend of entertainment to passengers of all kinds, irrespective of the aircraft size.

The AirFi comes as a portable BYOD (bring your own device) box that offers an instant WiFi network for mobile devices and a platform where they can access both locally and internationally stored content.

Passengers can access the airline’s new wireless IFE system on their phones. They will have a wide range of regional and international movies, documentaries, TV shows, music, podcast, magazines and games to select from. It will also offer live flight tracking and will be available on all flights.

AirFi’s CEO, Job Heimerikx, had this to say about their partnership with the airline:

I’m always happy when AirFi’s low capex business model and easy-to-deploy solutions can enable a carrier like Bhutan Airlines to introduce IFE for their passengers

When Bhutan is ready to add new features to the IFE offering or wishes to boost ancillary revenues from onboard sales, we will be ready with flexible, tailor-made options.

The Reviews and Feedback Have Been Great So Far

Bhutan Airlines are already receiving reviews and feedback from passengers. One of the earliest the airline has received from passengers is one of the features of the IFE system: the air map.

This has become the most popular feature of the IFE system that has not ceased to thrill passengers. The moving air map features display aircraft position and direction, altitude, airspeed, elapsed flight time and the remaining time to destination.


About Bhutan Airlines

Bhutan Airlines, formerly known as Tashi Air, was launched on December 4, 2011, and began operations on December 18, 2011, with scheduled flights to Bathpalathang and Yonphula.

After operating for six months, the airline was suspended when the Bhutanese Government suspended domestic flights. The airline would later resume operations as Bhutan Airlines on October 10 2013, this time as Bhutan’s first private airline, with headquarters in Thimphu.

The airline currently operates from Paro International Airport (PBH). PBH is one of the four airports in Bhutan offering international flights. The airline flies internationally to India, Nepal, and Thailand with its 126-seat Airbus A319 twinjets.

Have you flown Bhutan Airlines before? What do you make of the new inflight entertainment system (IFE) upgrade? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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