Posted on: 11 April 2012 by Mark Howells
Emirates has launched a new Graphical User Interface (GUI) developed by Panasonic Avionics Corporation which aims to make the carrier’s inflight entertainment (IFE) offering, ice Digital Widescreen, easier to use for passengers.The new GUI is scheduled to be introduced later this month across Emirates’ A380 fleet and then equipped on a majority of the airline’s Boeing 777s over the next year. It will be available in all classes of service with upgrades for all aircraft equipped with the Panasonic eX2 platform.“Emirates has been tracking the commercial progress of GUIs, where an ever-expanding array of choices are available to consumers, and we wanted to bring the same experience, look, and feel available on smart phones and tablets to our loyal customers in an aircraft environment,” commented Emirates’ President, Tim Clark. “Subsequently, over the past 24 months working with our partner, Panasonic, Emirates has succeeded in creating a smart and simplified interface which will appeal to customers of all ages.”The new GUI includes a wide range of advanced capabilities, such as the capability for passengers to experience the full IFE offering by “swiping” or “scrolling” through the system’s library of media and entertainment. Also, passengers can send SMS and email messages, and explore the moving map system, Airshow. In addition, access is available to the in-flight landscape cameras and live text news from the BBC."We are very honoured for the opportunity to work closely with the Emirates team to design and deliver this unique GUI which is simple yet elegant and caters for all ages,” remarked Chief Executive Officer for Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Paul Margis. “For many years, Panasonic and Emirates have shared a vision about the positive impact that IFEC can have on air travel, and we look forward to working with them on a unique, home-theater experience environment that ensures an amazing experience for their passengers.”Emirates will also roll-out a number of upgrades to its inflight product offering across the next few months as part of a multi-million dollar investment in onboard technology. Larger video screens, in all classes, will come into operation from May on new Boeing 777 aircraft, in addition to future Airbus A380 deliveries. An enhanced in-seat telephone handset and new Mode Controller in First Class and Business Class will also be introduced.