Astronics to supply IFE system hardware to US airline

Astronics Corporation will supply in-flight entertainment system hardware for a next-generation in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system being developed by an unnamed large airline in the US.

Under the agreement, Astronic’s products will equip nearly 50 of the airline’s new widebody aircraft.

The airline’s new IFEC system will feature Astronic’s CSC’s suite of products and solutions that includes the Summit Line Content Servers, CabinEdge Content Loaders, Cabin-ACe Wireless Access Points, and a custom passenger control unit (PCU). Astronics says these products will enable the airline to offer on-board audio/video on-demand services that provide for redundancy, self-healing capabilities, and modularity for an uninterrupted in-flight performance.

“We believe that being selected as a hardware solution partner for this airline is a validation of the quality and innovation of our product offerings. The airline relied on us to provide a significant portion of the design, development, and manufacturing services to deliver their solution on time and on budget,” said Michael Kuehn, president of Astronics CSC.

Astronics has completed flight worthiness testing and certification work for both DO-160G retrofit STC installations and linefit offerability, the company said: “Astronics products fit seamlessly with the airline’s existing in-flight connectivity system.”

Provided by Astronics CSC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Astronics Corporation, Astronics is now delivering production units that are a combination of new and existing products, standard off-the-shelf and custom designs.

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