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Monarch unveils wireless IFE system

tMonarch Airlines (Monarch) has announced the launch of MPlayer, a personal in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, created in partnership with avionics technology company AeroFi.
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tMPlayer is currently available on six aircraft, with plans to roll out the system on the rest of the Monarch fleet throughout 2014 and into 2015. Installation will be completed by the airline’s sister company Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd (MAEL) during the aircrafts scheduled maintenance checks.
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tMonarch’s wireless IFE system will consist of both free and paid-to-access content. Passengers can readily access the airline’s two in-flight magazines as well as TripAdvisor restaurant reviews and bar reviews (courtesy of BarChick) for their destination. The MPlayer media bundle, which costs £3.99 per person per flight, will allow Monarch passengers to view five Hollywood movies, over 50 BBC Worldwide programmes and more than 50 albums.
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tThe free MPlayer app must be downloaded to the passenger’s iOS or Android smartphone or tablet before they board their Monarch flight. This means they can connect to AeroFi’s on-board wireless network, which stores all the content and control software under the flight deck. Wireless access points are then located throughout the aircraft.
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tAeroFi and Monarch have been developing the MPlayer IFE system for over two years. The Monarch Group hope it will improve the passenger experience whilst increasing ancillary revenue for the airline.
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tMPlayer’s launch complements Monarch’s previous announcement back in May that they had created non-reclining seats fitted with tablet holders so that travellers wouldn’t have to hold their devices or rest them on the tray-table.
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t“We are extremely proud to reveal this innovative and industry-leading product that adds a new dimension to in-flight entertainment systems and to be leading the way in installing Monarch Airlines’ new on-board product” said Keith Earnden, MAEL Engineering Director.t

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