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JAL B787 flies with Thales AVANT IFE for first time

Japan Airlines (JAL) has become the first Asian carrier to fly with the Android Thales AVANT in-flight entertainment (IFE) system on-board a Boeing 787-8 aircraft.

The B787-8 jet, which entered revenue service on 1 December, features AVANT as part of JAL’s wider ‘Sky Suite’ passenger experience offering.

JAL’s Thales AVANT IFE system includes Sky Manga, a channel allowing passengers in all classes on international routes the option to watch 90 Japanese and 30 English digital manga titles, which the airline claims is a world first. On-demand entertainment, 3D Maps and the ‘JAL Shop’ are further components of AVANT.

Each seat on-board the B787-8 benefits from AC power and USB ports for charging personal electronic devices. In business class, passengers can access the IFE on a 23” HD display, controlled using Thales’ ‘Touch Passenger Media Unit’. The unit can also be used as a second screen, bringing more interactivity and newer Android applications to passengers. Passengers in premium economy and economy have 12 and 10” displays respectively.

“Our relationship with Japan Airlines spans many years and we have developed mutual respect and trust for one another,” commented Dominique Giannoni, vice president and CEO of in-flight entertainment and connectivity activities for Thales. “The launch of this new aircraft is a great milestone for all of us and we are confident that the quality, reliability and advanced technology of our systems will help Japan Airlines ensure their passengers continue to be satisfied by this airline’s exceptional level of service.”

JAL has 15 line-fit B787 aircraft on order, all featuring the Thales AVANT IFE system. The airline also has AVANT installed on its B767 and B777 jets.

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