DELHI: Emirates has signed an agreement with Thales to equip its Boeing 777X fleet with Thales AVANT inflight entertainment system said the airline. The inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system will be fitted on new Boeing 777X aircraft due for delivery to Emirates starting in mid-2020.
“The new Boeing 777X aircraft will herald a new era for the Emirates fleet. We want to ensure that our product offering on these fuel-efficient planes will be a benchmark for the industry, including the in-flight entertainment experience. We look forward to revealing more details when the time is right,” said Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Emirates Airline.
He added, “In addition to customers, the size and long-term nature of this deal also benefits the broader aviation industry, and we are pleased that this new partnership will help support thousands of highly skilled jobs across the Thales ecosystem – in France and elsewhere around the world.”
The deal covers IFEC systems for Emirates’ first 50 Boeing 777X aircraft. The airline has a firm order of 150 Boeing 777X aircraft. The new Thales AVANT system will feature an innovative and highly customisable user experience, providing a further boost to Emirates’ award winning inflight entertainment system, ice.
“Emirates is at the forefront of innovation in passenger experience delivering remarkable services to its customers and Thales is honoured to support this continued success. We are committed to delivering excellence in customer satisfaction and driving the highest standards in passenger engagement, now and into the future,” said Dominique Giannoni, CEO, Thales InFlyt Experience.
Musafir Namah Bureau