Thales and Qatar Airways jointly announced the grand opening of a new technology research, development and training center at the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP). Under the official name, Thales QSTP-LLC, this technical laboratory houses in-flight entertainment and connectivity equipment that supports software and application prototyping, content integration, system level testing and training.
In its first phase of development, the Thales QSTP-LLC has been established in collaboration with Qatar Airways. Together, Thales and Qatar Airways will establish a Joint Innovation and Technology Project (JITP)that will ensure that their strong partnership continues to push boundaries and deliver on innovation year after year.
Over the past several years, Qatar Airways selected the Thales TopSeries System for its large fleet of Airbus aircraft including A319, A320, A321, A350 and A380 planes. The Thales system will also install on the airline’s fleet of B787 aircraft which includes SwiftBroadband cabin connectivity for access to current news, sports, social networks and other mobile applications. “This grand opening in Doha symbolizes our deep commitment to Qatar Airways, and I am confident that the collective experience and talent of our organizations will play a significant part in the future of onboard systems and services,” said Alan Pellegrini, CEO Thales In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity Systems.
Addressing guests at the official opening, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that the airline was at the forefront of developing pioneering products for its passengers and in-flight entertainment was no exception. “Qatar Airways always works closely with its partners to provide the best and take innovation to new levels to its valued customers” he said.