Empire Aero Center to Install Virgin America’s IFE

By Tish Drake | March 30, 2007
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Virgin America, a new San Francisco-based start-up airline, selected Empire Aero Center of Rome, N.Y., to install Panasonic Avionics’ in-flight entertainment systems on the airline’s Airbus A320 family aircraft. Virgin America has firm orders for 33 Airbus aircraft and has taken delivery of 11, six of which are being housed currently at the Empire facility. Virgin America, which hopes to launch service this year depending U.S. government approval, said the IFE system, which it calls the "Red System," is put together by a team including CoKinetic Systems Corp., IMS, Inflight Canada, Panasonic Avionics, Spafax, Disney, Echostar, Fox and Paramount.“With more on-demand and streaming server space than systems found on most international carriers, as well as an onboard satellite antenna tuned to Dish Network, our content offering will provide entertainment options that are both captivating and enjoyable to every single one of our guests," said Charles Ogilvie, Virgin America’s director of Inflight Entertainment & Partnerships.

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