Posted on: 18 August 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Thales has announced that Air China has introduced into revenue service the carrier’s first of 15 new Boeing 777’s equipped with the in-flight and connectivity provider’s TopSeries system.Installed at every seat, the Thales TopSeries system enables passengers to access a wide range of audio and video on-demand entertainment and information using 23”, 15.4” and 8.9” touch screen displays and slim-line tethered passenger control units in First and Business class.Air China is the first to fly with the new interactive Thales 3D moving map, powered by and developed in partnership with Geofusion Inc., a 3D visualisation technology specialist. The application allows passengers to track the aircraft in motion as it flies over a high resolution 3D globe represented by satellite imagery and includes the experience of tracking the aircraft in real time while in taxi, take-off, flight and landing phases.“There is no comparison between the other versions of IFE with this TopSeries system,” claimed Mr. Quan Hong Bing, DGM of Air China Technic. “This one feels almost the same as if we are playing on an iPad. We made a good choice of IFE system.”The aircraft has a total of 311 seats in an 8 First, 42 Business and 261 Economyconfiguration.Other new applications include Connecting Gate and 3D audio capabilities.“Thales is very proud to be part of this important B777-300ER program of Air China and toprovide the best IFE system to help serve the flying public with much improved entertainment experience together with Air China,” declared XIA Jinsong Deputy CEO, Thales China.Air China is equipped with the Thales system on its 20 A330s and future B787 aircraft.