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Qatar Airways begins IFE upgrade on Boeing 777 fleet

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Qatar Airways has been confirmed as the launch customer for Panasonic’s new EcoFW 10” in-flight entertainment (IFE) upgrade program.

The seatback IFE monitors on the airline’s fleet of 37 Boeing 777 aircraft will be updated with Panasonic’s new EcoFW 10” monitor upgrade – creating a next-generation HD passenger experience while extending the life of the fleet’s IFE system, and reducing operational costs.

Panasonic’s IFE upgrade program, which can be achieved on an aircraft during routine overnight maintenance, includes the installation of a new passenger entertainment server.

This provides passengers with a wider range of content and helps to modernize the airline’s offering and keep up-to-date with the demands of changing consumer preferences. This also enables the airline to achieve faster media loading times – all without any increase in weight, and with dramatically improved reliability levels.

The first aircraft from Qatar Airways’ 777 fleet has completed its IFE upgrade this week.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Communications,  Salam Al Shawa, said: “With one of the youngest and most technologically-advanced fleet in the skies, Qatar Airways is known for its outstanding onboard experience, as well as a leader of innovation within the global aviation industry.”

“We are delighted to work with Panasonic to bring the next generation EcoFW HD screens to our award-winning Oryx One in-flight entertainment system, enabling our passengers to enjoy an enhanced journey on board our fleet as part of the airline’s exceptional five-star service.”

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Deutsche Telekom to provide harmonised Wi-Fi portal for Cathay Pacific

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Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific Airways has selected Deutsche Telekom to develop and support its future Wi-Fi portal across the airline’s whole connected fleet.

The service will be rolled out by the end of the year on Cathay’s already Wi-Fi enabled Airbus A350 – followed by its Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 fleets.

One key benefit of the service provided to Cathay is its ability to scale, with the airline’s future requirements catered for as part of the agreement. The single portal also facilitates the ongoing launch of new, up-to-date features harmonised across platforms.

“Our dedicated in-flight connectivity solution is based on our feature-rich ISP core platform,” said David Fox, Vice President In-flight & Connectivity Services at Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier. “It is designed to meet Cathay’s current as well as its future connectivity needs.”

From Cathay Pacific’s perspective, Vivian Lo, General Manager Customer Experience and Design, highlights that a highly connected world means it is important to give passengers a seamless and consistent Wi-Fi service.

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Delta signals end of 777 fleet by year end

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Delta has announced the planned retirement of its 18 widebody 777 aircraft as it continues to reduce operational complexity and cost, while maintaining a modern fleet.

Last month, Delta announced plans to accelerate the retirement of the MD-88 and MD-90 fleets to June

“We’re making strategic, cost-effective changes to our fleet to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic while also ensuring Delta is well-positioned for the recovery on the backside of the crisis,” said Gil West, Delta’s Chief Operating Officer. “The 777 has been a reliable part of Delta’s success since it joined the fleet in 1999 and because of its unique operating characteristics, opened new non-stop, ultra-long-haul markets that only it could fly at that time.”

The Boeing 777-200 first entered the fleet in 1999 and grew to 18 aircraft, including 10 of the long-range 777-200LR variant, which arrived in 2008.

Delta will continue flying its fleet of long-haul next generation Airbus A350-900s, which burn 21% less fuel per seat than the 777s they will replace.

More specific details of the timing of the 777’s exit from the fleet will be disclosed at a later date.

It’s less than a year since Delta upgraded its Boeing 777, featuring all four branded seat products offered by the airline – Delta One Suite, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort + and Main Cabin, which offers Nine-abreast seating, rather than the industry-standard ten-abreast seating, with 47 cm wide Main Cabin seats, the widest Main Cabin seats of Delta’s international fleet.

Additionally, there are seatback entertainment screens throughout with Delta Studio and thousands of hours of content — free of charge across all cabins and full-spectrum LED ambient lighting with customised lighting schemes depending on phase of flight.