WAEA 2010: China Eastern picks Rockwell Collins dPAVES-HD

China Eastern has selected Rockwell Collins high-definition dPAVES 737 Boeing Sky Interior IFE for 30 Boeing 737NGs, making it the first customer to install the system. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2011.

"With more than 130 of China Eastern’s aircraft already operating with our dPAVES family of products, we can confidently say our relationship with China Eastern is based on trust and continued innovation," says Tommy Dodson, vice president and general manager, Cabin and ElectroMechanical Systems for Rockwell Collins. "It seems only right to have our first installation of the dPAVES Boeing 737 Sky Interior solution with such an important, longstanding customer of our IFE offerings."

Announced in July 2010, the dPAVES 737 Boeing Sky Interior option includes retractable 12-inch 16:9 LCD HD-ready displays and an enhanced touch screen flight attendant entertainment control panel (ECP). USB ports are located next to the ECP for easier content loading.

At the core of the dPAVES-HD system, the vendor says, is the high definition media server (HDMS) offering 160 gigabytes of solid state storage capability for audio and video content, boarding music and integrated pre-recorded announcements, together with embedded Airshow 3D moving map functionality — all in a single 4MCU box. The HDMS stores entertainment content for multiple play periods, and the server automatically selects the new content when the new play period starts.

Additionally, non-encrypted content can be handled by airlines independent of the Rockwell Collins content management system, giving airlines the flexibility to respond to commercial opportunities as they arise by replacing content locally.

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