Posted on: 27 July 2015 by Ross McSweeny
KLM has announced that the delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 aircraft, which is scheduled for October this year, will mark the launch of ‘KLM Wi-Fi.’
Both KLM and its partner Air France completed in-flight Wi-Fi trials in partnership with Panasonic Avionics in 2013. KLM Wi-Fi will enable passengers to access the internet, email and other online services on-board from their personal electronic devices using Panasonic's Global Communications Suite.
KLM’s Dreamliner will also feature upgrades to its in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. Passengers in World Business Class seats can watch content on fitted 16” monitors, but there is also the option of a dual-screen experience, allowing passengers to game or chat using the handset while watching a film.
In economy the IFE has been renewed and extended, boasting a larger, 11” intuitive HD-quality touchscreen, interactive 3D maps and the option to communicate via Seat Chat with passengers not seated nearby.
The IFE system provides access to more than 150 films and 200 TV programmes in 12 languages, including a large number of local films.
These changes are part of KLM’s larger fleet investment programme. Other features of the 787-9 designed to improve passenger experience include special LED-lighting, larger windows and a higher cabin pressure in an effort to reduce jetlag.
“The Boeing 787-9 enables KLM to offer passengers even more comfort and privacy,” commented Pieter Elbers, KLM’s president and CEO. “KLM has chosen to add specific improvements to this special aircraft, which make it unique among other 787s. All these details add up to ensure our passengers can experience a new way to fly.”