Posted on: 26 September 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, has chosen high density video reproducer units (VRU) developed by Goodrich Corporation to upgrade the in-flight entertainment system on board the airline’s A330 fleet.
Produced by Goodrich’s Sensors and Integrated Systems division, installation of the VRUs is planned for the fourth quarter of 2011 and set to continue through 2012.
The Goodrich VRUs are direct plug-and-play replacement units for the airline’s current Hi-8 film-driven video reproducers. These new high-density file servers provide up to 40 hours of video and entertainment content, including "early window" movies that are not yet available for general distribution. By replacing only the obsolete Hi-8 playback units, an airline makes use of its existing aircraft infrastructure while providing enhanced video to customers at a minimum cost.
"Gulf Air joins dozens of international airlines that are enjoying our excellent track record of successful, easy-to-implement VRU upgrades,” commented Bruce Seitz, customer management director at Goodrich. “Gulf Air is our first Middle East customer for this upgrade and can expect exceptional local product support from our Goodrich service campus in Dubai."
Mohammed El Assaad, Senior Manager, IFE & Communications at Gulf Air added, "The new Goodrich VRUs will greatly enhance our customers’ experience with unique features like early window entertainment, with minimum cost and aircraft downtime for our A330 fleet."