SkyLights partners with STELIA Aerospace and InSeat solutions to offer cinematic VR IFE integrated into business class seats, for 4D entertainment and simplified logistics.
BOSTON September 25th, 2018 – Today, SkyLights reveals its premium in-seat cinematic VR IFE solution, created in partnership with InSeat Solutions and STELIA Aerospace, one of the world leaders in the field of Business class and First class passenger seats. The new product, which combines SkyLights’ Allosky headset, STELIA Aerospace’s new Opal business class seat and InSeat Solutions’ interactive massage system, offers an unparalleled 4D experience and simplifies the logistics of SkyLights’ entertainment. Attendees to the APEX Expo in Boston, from 25 to 27 of September, will be given the first opportunity to trial the new system, which will be on display on SkyLights booth (#554).
With the Allosky headset, passengers will be transported to a Full HD virtual beach, yacht or private jet, from where they can recline their seat and launch a massage. The massage system is also equipped with an auto vibration mode that, once activated, delivers content-synchronized vibrations for a next-level immersive experience. Whether it’s guided meditation or a Blockbuster on the big screen, SkyLights’ new in-seat solution promises passengers a journey like no other.
‘We are excited to be partnering with Skylights and InSeat to introduce a new way to experience our high comfort seats. We are constantly looking for ways to introduce new technologies in ways that truly enhance our passengers’ experience, and an in-seat, fully immersive cinematic experience certainly fulfills that desire. We look forward to inviting you to take a seat in Opal and be transported to a whole new world.’ Thierry Kanengieser, VP Cabin Interior, STELIA Aerospace.
In addition to upgrading the passenger experience, the in-seat solution also reduces the logistical complexity and cost of cinematic VR IFE for airlines. The devices do not need to be loaded and offloaded when the aircraft is at its base and can be cleaned onboard by the same crew that cleans the aircraft. This reduces both the length and cost of the logistics chain. Furthermore, with dedicated storage space on the seat, airlines are no longer faced with the obstacle of storing the devices in the limited galley storage space.
“Our goal is to make cinematic VR IFE a mainstay in the IFE ecosystem. Having deployed on over 5000 flights, launched our premium Allosky headset and established a solid base of content and logistics partners, we are now delighted to be taking another stride towards that goal.”, said David Dicko, SkyLights’ CEO.
The new in-seat solution is planned as a line-fit product for forward thinking airlines looking to upgrade and differentiate their business class. For airlines looking to reap the above-mentioned benefits in the shorter term, SkyLights entertainment can today be integrated into existing seats and which would be certified on a fleet-by-fleet basis.
SkyLights is an American-French company that leverages cinematic VR as premium passenger entertainment. It has a signature immersive-IFE solution that transports passengers to their own, private, in-flight movie theater, where they can enjoy 2D, 3D and forward-facing 360° content on a wide-angle cinema screen. Working with airline customer experience managers, the end-to-end solution (content, hardware, software & operations-setup) is tailored to upgrade and differentiate the business class experience. The company was founded in February 2015 and has offices in San Francisco, Paris and Toulouse.
About STELIA Aerospace
With a turnover of 2,2 billion euros and 7.000 employees worldwide (France, North America, Tunisia, Marocco), STELIA Aerospace is one of the world leaders in the field of aerostructures, pilot seats and First Class and Business Class passenger seats.
STELIA Aerospace’s luxury and bespoke First Class and Business Class seats are the first choice for prestige airlines worldwide. Engineering and manufacturing offices in Europe (Rochefort & Salaunes, France) and Africa (Casablanca, Morocco) create an inspired range.
From the ‘cocooning’ CELESTE® to the efficient EQUINOX®, there’s a solution for every airline and aircraft. The best-selling SOLSTYS® and SOLSTYS® III offer business class excellence while the ULTIMATE 17® provides unparalleled first class luxury. All products have FAA and EASA approvals and are qualified for their relevant platforms.
About InSeat Solutions
InSeat Solutions massage system is already flying stand alone, DO160D qualified.