A little revolution in the air. Air France has tested for the first time on one of its flights the LiFi, a new light data transmission technology developed by Latécoère, reports Air-Journal. A world first. Last October 30, the flight AF6114, which connected Paris-Orly to Toulouse-Blagnac, saw boarding finalist gamers of the “Air France Trackmania Cup” developed by Ubisoft. Their mission: to test in full flight the LiFi installed on 12 seats of the apparatus.
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In a joint statement, relayed by Air-Journal, Air France and Latécoère have detailed the benefits of this new technology that allows “a perfectly stable multimedia data exchange at very high speed and very low latency.” Another advantage of LiFi: it reduces the weight of the aircraft and therefore its fuel consumption, thanks to the absence of copper cables replaced by fiber optics. Ultimately, the airline hopes to install this technology on all its commercial flights.
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A great success
Air-Journal also specifies that in addition to being able to exchange multimedia data at a speed 100 times faster than WiFi, the LiFi is also highly secure. On the side of Air France, this first experience is a great success. “We are very proud to be the first airline to fly a LiFi-equipped aircraft and to organize a video game competition in the air.This world premiere is the result of a great collaboration between Latécoère, Ubisoft and the teams. Air France: I am convinced that this experiment opens the way to new experiences of entertainment on board for our customers, in particular of gaming “, welcomed Antoine Laborde, Innovation Manager of Air France. Same enthusiasm from the aeronautical equipment supplier Latécoère who is convinced “that the LiFi is destined to revolutionize connectivity in flight within 5 years”.