Posted on: 20 December 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Following almost four years of planning, development and production, Sri Lankan Airlines had its inaugural flight on the 9th December equipped with the RAVE inflight entertainment (IFE) system developed by The IMS Company.
The IFE system was installed onboard a SriLankan Airlines A330 aircraft flying from Colombo to Male, according to IMS’s chairman and Chief Executive Officer Joe Renton.The IMS Company aims to offer airlines with the RAVE IFE system increased reliability and decreased weight and complexity.
“Rising fuel costs and the need to eliminate excess weight continues to characterise IFE requirements today,” declared Renton. “For a company like ours, reversing decades of a completely different system architecture at a time when airlines were reducing the amount of money spent on IFE was a calculated risk.”
“SriLankan is proud to be the launch customer of RAVE, giving priority to today’s industry needs by initiating the installation of a high quality audio video on demand system, which is also low-weight, on board its medium-long haul flights,” commented Priyantha Rose, Sri Lankan Airline’s Head of Engineering.
SriLankan Airlines was the first of several airlines to choose RAVE that stores content and playback functionality independently in each seatback display unit (SDU). In this architecture, the headend contains the System Control Unit (SCU) which loads future content to the SDUs in the background while passengers watch current content that is played back from an SD card in each seat.
“RAVE accomplishes reliability through redundancy,” added Renton. “Every seat has its own store of content and playback functionality."
Sri Lankan Airlines plans to quip more aircraft with RAVE including two A340s and five A330s.