Posted on: 16 April 2012 by Mark Howells
In-flight entertainment and connectivity provider (IFEC), Thales, has collaborated with Qatar Airways on the opening of a new technology research, development and training centre based at the Qatar Science and Technology Park in Doha.
The official name of the new centre will be called Thales QSTP-LLC. In the first development phase, a Joint Innovation and Technology Project will be established to further develop IFE solutions for Qatar’s national carrier in the heart of the airline’s hub.
Thales has been creating new generation IFE solutions since 2009 for Qatar Airways’s fleet of Airbus A320s. The systems include touch-screen technology, with seat-back screens in Economy and arm rest screens in Business Class.Thales will also provide revolutionary new IFEC systems for the airline’s Boeing 787 aircraft, of which the first of 60 on order is scheduled for delivery in Summer 2012.
“We are delighted to see Thales choose to open this new training centre here in Qatar helping to further strengthen the already strong partnership that exists between the two companies,” commented Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker (pictured middle). “The new centre will ensure that the development and implementation needs of Qatar Airways will be met quicker with improved timelines for content updates on our aircraft.”
“This grand opening in Doha symbolises our deep commitment to Qatar Airways and I am confident that the collective experience and talent of our organisations will play a significant part in the future of onboard systems and services,” remarked Thales In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity Systems CEO, Alan Pellegrini (pictured left).