Viking offers IFE on PSP

IFE Services is to supply Viking Airlines UK with PlayStation Portable (PSP) entertainment consoles pre-loaded with a variety of Hollywood movies and some of the latest PSP video games for rent to passengers.

“Viking Airlines UK is proud to be going into partnership with IFE Services to launch the Sony PSP handheld entertainment console on flights,” says Gary Oakes, Viking UK’s in-flight services and equipment executive. “Passengers will have the option of watching great movies or playing the latest video games at an affordable price.”

Viking, which operates flights using Boeing 737-300s and -800s from Gatwick, Manchester, East Midlands and Bristol in the UK to Greece, Egypt, the Canary Islands, Corsica, Gambia and ski destinations in Europe, charges £7.50 to rent the device.

IFE Services says the PSP system has a high-resolution, widescreen TFT display and will be equipped with an extended battery life offering up to 11 hours while playing games. The supplier provides comprehensive crew training and full logistical support and can tailor, load and refresh content to suit airline requirements.

“We are very pleased to be helping Viking Airlines UK deliver innovative entertainment solutions to their customers,” says IFE Services CEO Mark Hogg. “We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with them.”

The company has signed PSP distribution deals with eight airlines and says it is in advanced negotiations with several more.

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