Posted on: 18 June 2015 by Mark Howells
Thales has unveiled three orders for its AVANT in-flight entertainment (IFE) system from Air Caraibes, Kuwait Airways and Oman Air at this year's Paris Airshow.
Air Caraibes, which is the launch customer for Airbus’ A350 XWB in France, has announced plans to install Thales’ AVANT IFE solution and Ka-band in-flight connectivity (IFC) on-board its three A350-900 and three A350-1000 series aircraft.
The android AVANT system will service the business, premium-economy and economy cabins as a scaled solution. Business class passengers will enjoy 17” screens as well as Thales’ Touch Passenger Media Unit, in-seat power, a dual audio jack and USB port. In premium economy, passengers will enjoy 11.6” screens, dual audio jacks and USB port. The economy cabin will be equipped with 10.1” seatback screens.
Thales reached an agreement with Air Caraibes to be the Value Added Reseller (VAR) of the Ka-band connectivity, which will facilitate the airline’s management of IFC to the passenger. In-flight Wi-Fi will be offered to passengers through seatback screens and Wi-Fi, which will also allow passengers to stream IFE content through their personal electronic devices.
“We are pleased that Air Caraibes selected our android Avant system and connectivity solution for their A350 fleet. Their decision to equip the newest planes of their fleet with the latest generation AVANT is a testament to our ability to partner with the airline and provide a premier passenger experience,” commented Dominique Giannoni, VP and CEO, Thales InFlyt Experience.
Air Caraibes first A350 XWBs are scheduled to enter service in December of 2016.
For Oman Air, Thales’ AVANT IFE system will be deployed across 16 Boeing 737s, 3 Airbus A330s and 6 Boeing 787 aircraft which were ordered to expand the carrier’s existing wide-body fleet.
Kuwait Airways is installing AVANT acrossfive new Airbus A330-200 aircraft as part of an expansion and modernisation of its existing wide-body fleet, the first in eighteen years.For its premium class, Kuwait Airways selected the 15.4" monitor alongside touchsceen PMU handsets. In economy passengers will each have a 10.6" monitor.