Posted on: 26 March 2012 by Mark Howells
Leisure travel company, Thomas Cook Group, is to equip 71 new Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft with Rockwell Collins’s PAVES 3 in-flight entertainment (IFE) offering, including the system’s High-Definition Media Server, 12” widescreen overhead monitors, and WiFi-enabled content applications and Web pages.
Rockwell Collins claims that the PAVES 3 is the only single-aisle digital IFE system to offer customizable cabin configurations. Airlines can select from a variety of overhead and in-seat monitor combinations throughout the aircraft. The HD on-demand, in-seat solution maximizes passenger and operator satisfaction with a vast range of innovative features powered by a robust operating system.
“Society’s increased information and entertainment appetite requires airlines to select innovative and flexible approaches for IFE,” declared executive vice president of Group Fleet Management for Thomas Cook Group plc, Bernd Bechtel.“Rockwell Collins PAVES 3 IFE solution offers an innovative platform where our customers can view mainstream entertainment and information content overhead or via WiFi on their smart phones and tablet PCs.”
“Thomas Cook Group has ‘future-proofed’ its new family of aircraft with its PAVES 3 core component selection,” commented vice president and general manager, Cabin Systems for Rockwell Collins, Dave Austin. “That’s the beauty of PAVES 3’s versatility − airlines can choose IFE configurations that meet their needs now, and know they are on a unique path for future upgrades and additions.”
The system is offered as a forward fit option or can be installed as an upgrade to existing PAVES and dPAVES systems to bring in-seat capabilities to those aircraft.