Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Norwegian, Panasonic Develop Android-Based IFE
Norwegian and Panasonic Avionics are developing an Android-powered in-flight entertainment system. Norwegian’s passengers will be able to use select Android apps that are pre-loaded onto the system.
“We’re constantly looking at new ways technology can enhance our passengers’ experience and believe that the edginess of the universe offered by Panasonic fits Norwegian very well,” said Head of Business Development Boris Bubresko at Norwegian.
Norwegian’s Android-powered in-flight entertainment system is a result of an 18-month joint development between Norwegian and Panasonic Avionics. The system allows passengers to navigate and select movies, music, and Android games, as well as purchase snacks and drinks, just as they would on their personal device, directly from a touchscreen installed in the seats. The system will be fitted on Norwegian’s new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners that will be operated on routes between Scandinavia and the United States and Asia.
"Panasonic is proud to deliver the first in-flight entertainment system that is powered by Android. This open platform architecture facilitates faster, easier, application development, integration, and deployment, enabling Norwegian to engage passengers in an even more amazing entertainment experience while creating new revenue streams," Paul Margis, president and CEO for Panasonic Avionics said.