Posted on: 03 March 2016 by Mark Howells
tSingapore Airlines (SIA) has become the first airline to introduce the companion app from Panasonic Avionics.
tDeveloped for SIA by MTT in conjunction with Panasonic, allows customers to review the in-flight entertainment (IFE) video and audio content that will be available on their flight, create pre-selected favourites lists, and control the seat-back IFE system – all using their personal electronic devices.ttCurrently available on iOS and Android tablets, the app will be available on iOS and Android mobile phones in the second quarter of 2016.tt“With the proliferation of personal mobile devices and the arrival of our new Airbus A350 fleet, this latest innovation will help enhance the in-flight entertainment experience for our customers,” said Singapore Airlines senior vice president Product and Services, Tan Pee Teck.tt“It offers more information greater control both on the ground and in-flight, and we are excited to be the first airline in the world to offer such an application to our customers.”ttTo use the app, customers can install the SingaporeAir tablet application on their device prior to the aircraft’s departure. Once on board, they can link their device to the IFE system using the aircraft’s in-flight WiFi network. Connecting to the KrisWorld IFE system, will allow movies, TV shows or music to be launched on the seat monitor, directly from their list of favourites or from the entire media list.ttLinking the app to the IFE system also enables the personal device to be used as a remote control, to pause, play, or skip through media content. Customers can even access real-time information on the flight progress and flight path without interrupting their movie viewing.ttCurrent features of the companion app will initially be available on the Airline’s new fleet of Airbus A350-900s, with plans to progressively roll it out to the Boeing 777-300ERs and other aircraft in future.t