In-flight entertainment systems
In 2013 Reaktor started creating the ‘facelift’ for the in-flight entertainment systems (IFE) for Finnair’s existing long-haul fleet (Airbus A330/A340). Back then the aviation entertainment/connectivity business was a very closed and tightly controlled business.
Software was sold as a product, and airlines were left with only limited options to customize this onboard platform/service. As a rule, airlines did not have the opportunity to develop services to be used on their own aircrafts.
This is something Finnair wanted to change. They wanted to have full control over their passenger experience.
Quite an interesting read, both as a ‘use case for Node.js’ and as a ‘this was a market with very little competition and we’re invading’ story.