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Thales announces JV to provide C919’s IFE

Thales has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China Electronics Technology Avionics, (CETCA) to create a joint venture (JV) company that will integrate a Thales IFE system in the cabin of COMAC’s C919 aircraft family.

The Thales system installed will be a scalable platform offering a modular entertainment application which will include interactive audio solutions through to full in-seat on-demand services. Future evolutions of this system, says Thales, may include wireless networks and connectivity.

“The Thales system is the popular IFE solution flying today in China and we look forward to our technical teams coming together for a successful launch on the new C919 aircraft,” declared Alan Pellegrini, managing director for the Thales Inflight Entertainment business.

Zeng Li, vice-chief engineer of CETC (China Electronics Technology Corporation – parent of CETCA) commented, “The C919 programme is just a start for a new round of co-operation of both parties. Now, China’s civil aviation industry is under fast development, and on such a background, CETCA believes that the joint venture of both parties and the C919 programme be a success.”

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