Qantas launched its Q Streaming in-flight entertainment system, based on technology from Lufthansa Systems, on a pilot test on a Boeing 767-300, the companies announced Wednesday.
The system, which allows passengers access to on-demand movies, television and radio on their iPads, is based on Lufthansa's BoardConnect, a Wi-Fi network comprising an on-board server and five access points distributed throughout the cabin. The system can be integrated during regular maintenance checks and without additional downtime. From mid February customers will also be given the option of using their own laptop computer, smartphone, tablet or other WIFI enabled device to view the content for the remainder of the trial. Customers will be able to download the Q Streaming app from the iTunes store and those using their laptops will need to download Microsoft Silverlight prior to take-off.
“This launch is a milestone in the history of BoardConnect. With Qantas, one of the world’s most experienced and most innovative airlines is taking wireless technology to the skies. We are proud to work with Qantas to provide a unique passenger experience as well as to open up new revenue potential for the airline,” said Olivier Krüger, senior vice president, regional management, Asia-Pacific, Lufthansa Systems.
From the end of February, Qantas will continue to enable customers to access the Q Streaming content via their own WIFI enabled devices on the dedicated B767-300 whilst finalising plans to extend its application across the wider fleet.