Posted on: 03 June 2011 by Ross McSweeny
THAI Airways is implementing an ongoing project to retrofit 12 of its Boeing 747-400 aircraft with new in-flight entertainment systems and onboard connectivity.
The airline claims that the aim of the project is to meet passenger needs and improve THAI’s overall competitiveness with a plan to upgrade every seat in every class of service, complete with installation of personal in-flight entertainment systems. Flight connectivity development will also be conducted, providing passengers with the leisure of staying connected to the world whilst travelling onboard.
The first of the airline’s retrofitted Boeing 747-400 aircraft, registration TGR, has been delivered and royally bestowed the name “Prarajchatun Siriwatan”. The economy class section is installed with new seats and equipped with personal IFE screens from German aircraft seating company, Zim Flugsitz GmbH. A personal telephone system is also installed allowing passengers to make phone calls to ground networks while in flight through credit card payment.
All passenger seats on the aircraft will be equipped with a fully functional in-flight entertainment system, providing a wide selection of movies, music, telephone and 115V power outlet.
The new retrofit aircraft will serve flights between Bangkok and Frankfurt. Installations on all 12 aircraft are expected to be completed by 2012-2013.