Posted on: 08 October 2015 by Ross McSweeny
tAs an Airbus Contracted Supplier (ACS), Zodiac Inflight Innovations’ (Zii) RAVE in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions are now offerable as line-fit on the OEM’s A350 XWB aircraft.ttZii also revealed at the APEX EXPO that its embedded RAVE Centric IFE was delivered for the first time as a line-fit option on an Airbus A330 in September 2015. Furthermore, the supplier says its solutions are also being assessed as a line-fit option for the Airbus A320 family.ttLarry Girard, Zii’s executive vice president, commented, “For too long, there has been very limited choice when it comes to IFEC. We have taken a fresh look at the design of IFEC and are offering airlines a lower cost choice without compromising reliability or features; we already know airlines – and their passengers – like it.tt“This is the complete IFEC product,” continued Girard. “RAVE Centric and RAVE Wireless provide passengers with app-based browsing for on-demand movies, TV shows, music, radio and a moving map. Capacitive touch, high resolution screens are embedded in the seats and the intuitive graphical user interface mirrors the usability everyone is used to with smartphones and tablets. The integrated USB charger can be used to power personal electronic devices, which can be used as a second screen and even a passenger control device.”ttTwenty five airlines with a total of over 200 aircraft in service are currently using Zii’s IFE solution. “Now that RAVE Centric is a catalogue option on the A350 XWB, we fully anticipate more and more airlines will take advantage of our highly innovative technology,” concluded Girard.tIn total, the A350 XWB offers five IFE, three on-board wireless, and four connectivity offerings.