Sichuan Airlines is launch customer for PAVES On-demand IFE

Rockwell Collins has announced that Sichuan Airlines will be the first airline customer to equip the PAVES On-demand in-flight entertainment (IFE) system.

PAVES On-demand will be installed aboard 20 of Sichuan’s new Airbus fleet, including its A319, A320 and A321 aircraft. Featured in the First Class cabin, passengers will have access to high-definition entertainment on an intuitive touchscreen. The IFE system aims to offer the airline the benefit of a seat-centric architecture to maximise reliability. In addition, a quick-release mechanism intends to minimise maintenance by removing and replacing in-seat display units.

Sichuan Airlines also selected PAVES Broadcast overhead IFE system for the Economy Class cabin. PAVES Broadcast leverages the same on-board media server as PAVES On-demand, reducing weight while providing the airline with flexibility to control the loading and unloading of its own digital content.

“We’re honoured to be working with Sichuan to deliver our newest and most advanced in-flight entertainment offering,” said Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager, Cabin Systems for Rockwell Collins. “The complete solution we’re providing with our PAVES On-demand and PAVES Broadcast systems meets the unique mission needs of Sichuan, while satisfying passengers and keeping operating costs down.”

“We see great value in Rockwell Collins’ IFE solution and the strong customer support network it brings,” commented Mr. Li Haiying, president, Sichuan Airlines. “More importantly, we know our passengers will be pleased with a solution that they can rely on during their journeys.”

Deliveries of Sichuan’s new Airbus with Rockwell Collins’ PAVES On-demand and Broadcast IFE will begin in early 2015.

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