Posted on: 05 February 2014 by Mark Howells
Turkish Airlines has chosen Thales’ TopSeries AVANT in-flight entertainment (IFE) system to be installed on the carrier’s new fleet of single-aisle aircraft which includes 25 A321s and 20 B737s.
The TopSeries AVANT IFE system is designed to eliminate the electronics box under each cabin seat aiming to improve passenger comfort and driving weight efficiency. The system’s scalable design allows Turkish to offer differentiation between classes such as single touchscreen in economy and interactive multi-screen in business. The AVANT system is also based on the Android Operating System, which accommodates a range of both off-the-shelf and airline specific applications integrated using the Thales Software Developers Kit (SDK).“We are aware that the in-flight services are the significant components for the satisfaction of our passengers and we continue to raise the bar,” commented Turkish Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer Dr. Temel Kotil. “And with this new in-flight entertainment system we are convinced that we will bring an added value to the comfort of our passengers.”
“Turkish Airlines’ focus on providing passengers with an exceptional in-flight experience is reflected in both its efforts to build a solid IFE platform within single aisle aircraft whilst still providing a ‘wow-factor’ to the passenger experience,” said Dominique Giannoni, Chief Executive Officer of Thales’s In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC). “Our AVANT solution is well positioned to bring these benefits to fruition: All classes enjoy full capacitive touchscreens in line with latest consumer technology. Premium class passengers will also enjoy the multiscreen environment provided by the award winning handheld touchscreen media unit.“
Turkish Airlines and Thales have also agreed to a 10 year service agreement for the provision of media content support. The airline will start taking delivery of its A321 fleet in March 2015 and its’ B737 aircraft in January 2016.