China Eastern Airlines selected the TopSeries in-flight entertainment (IFE) system from Thales for 16 of its new A330-200s. The first aircraft is schedule to deliver in November 2011.
Thales said the system enables passengers to access a range of audio and video on-demand entertainment and information using a touchscreen display -- 15.4-inch in business class and 10.6-inch in economy. The system also includes tethered passenger control units and USB connections. Other applications that could roll-out in the future include a broadcast 3-D moving map for flight status information, electronic books and shopping, Thales said.
“I am confident that passengers will enjoy the flying experience, and that it will pave the way for a growing cooperation,” said Alan Pellegrini, managing director for the Thales IFE business.