Posted on: 10 November 2010 by Mark Howells
Lumexis Corporation has announced that the UAE low cost carrier flydubai is now operating its Fiber-To-The-Screen (FTTS), In-Seat, AVOD in-flight entertainment system on board the airline’s first Boeing 737-800 with Sky Interior.
“This first-of-type installation for both AVOD system and aircraft was accomplished in a unprecedentedly short eleven days from receipt of aircraft at the mod site to delivery of the aircraft back to the customer with its Supplemental Type Certificate,” said Lumexis CEO Doug Cline. “Obviously, that required strong support from our customer and extremely close cooperation between seat manufacturer Recaro, installation/certification contractor JAMCO, and installation services provider Aviation Technical Services. Since follow-on aircraft will not require further certification, flydubai’s future installations can be reduced to less than five days.”
Ghaith Al Ghaith, flydubai’s CEO, commented: “This has been a very exciting project to work on and I am delighted to have reached the day when the aircraft, with this revolutionary new IFE system, could go into commercial service. I would like to thank the teams from flydubai and Lumexis for all their hard work in fitting this system successfully and on time, and ensuring the aircraft was in Dubai to depart on schedule. I’m sure it will be very well received by our passengers and I am confident other airlines will be quick to follow us once they see what the system can do.”
“Our work is just beginning. Their next FTTS-equipped aircraft will go into service in just about a week after this first one, and two more in rapid succession before 2010 year’s end, then roughly one per month until all their 44 new Boeing narrowbodies are delivered,” added Mr Cline.