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IFE upgrade for Qantas’ Boeing 737 fleet

Qantas has revealed plans to refresh the in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems on its domestic fleet of 67 Boeing 737-800 aircraft from mid-2015.

“While 29 of our latest 737-800 aircraft already have full seat back video on demand in-flight entertainment for each passenger, the refurbishment will see wireless Q-streaming entertainment installed on the 38 remaining 737-800 aircraft to supplement the screens that fold down from the ceiling,” commented Lyell Strambi, Qantas Domestic CEO.

According to Strambi, Q-streaming will allow Qantas passengers to use personal electronic devices on flight mode throughout their journey, pending approval from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

The multi-million dollar investment, which also includes refurbishing the cabin interior, is expected to be completed within 12 months.

This news follows the recent announcement of the airline’s new partnership with Sky News and Foxtel, which Strambi says will enable passengers “to watch more recent news bulletins straight to their own devices while in the air”.

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