American Airlines has selected Thales’ latest AVANT inflight entertainment (IFE) solution to equip its new A321XLR (pictured) and Boeing 787-9 aircraft for transcontinental and international travel, anticipated to enter service in 2023.

American Airlines selects Thales for latest IFE solutions

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American Airlines has selected Thales’ latest AVANT inflight entertainment (IFE) solution to equip its new A321XLR (pictured) and Boeing 787-9 aircraft for transcontinental and international travel, anticipated to enter service in 2023.

American Airlines has selected Thales’ latest AVANT inflight entertainment (IFE) solution to equip its new A321XLR and Boeing 787-9 aircraft for transcontinental and international travel, anticipated to enter service in 2023.

American’s aircraft will be the launch customer flying with Thales’ new line of Optiq displays, the industry’s first 4K high dynamic range (HDR) seatback screens enhanced with Samsung QLED proprietary technology. Optiq provides passengers with the best monitor experience in the air, with an unrivalled picture quality featuring more than 1 billion colours.

The system is capable of Bluetooth connection at each seat, which allows passengers to pair their wireless headphones to the system.

Premium Class seats will enjoy 17-inch displays accompanied with a 5-inch touchscreen handset offering a true second-screen experience. Premium Economy and Economy Class will feature 13.3-inch displays and 11.6-inch displays, respectively.

AVANT will be integrated with American’s high-speed connectivity system to provide digital services and real-time health monitoring & reporting.

American has also selected Thales’ high-power charging solutions, which will give passengers access to both USB type C 60-watt and AC outlets at each seat in all classes. This solution is designed to meet the specific power needs of passengers, now and in the future.

“American Airlines has trusted Thales as an in-flight entertainment supplier for more than a decade and now to equip its new A321XLR and Boeing 787-9 aircraft with the latest AVANT IFE solution. As air travel begins to recover, Thales continues to invest in digital innovations that create value for our customers. We’re truly excited to provide these solutions to American and its customers,” commented Yannick Assouad, Executive Vice-President Avionics, Thales.

ANA's Premium seating (above) and Economy seating on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

ANA introduces newly designed Boeing 787-9 interiors

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ANA's Premium seating (above) and Economy seating on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has begun introducing its revamped Boeing 787-9 aircraft for service on domestic routes.

“The Boeing 787 has served ANA with distinction for a decade now, and we are excited to add more comfort and functionality to our fleet of incredibly capable aircraft,” said Junko Yazawa, Senior Vice President, Customer Experience Management & Planning of ANA. “The new features on the Boeing 787-9 strengthen an already great aircraft and will improve the passenger experience on domestic flights. ANA has always put passengers first and will continue to take all necessary steps to enhance comfort and convenience for everyone who chooses to fly with us.”

The aircraft offers 375 seats, with the number of premium class seats increased by 10 for a total of 28 seats. Inspired by the first class seating on ANA international flights, and originally introduced on ANA’s Boeing 777-200 fleet in autumn 2019, the seats manufactured by Safran Seats US feature large dividers between seats to provide greater security and privacy, intuitive electric seat control, easily accessible PC power and USB port locations and a large swivelling tray table. Additionally, premium class includes a 15.6-inch flat-screen personal monitor, the largest screen on a domestic flight.

In economy class seats, the new aircraft will feature the same seats offered on ANA’s domestic Boeing 777-200 aircraft. Each seat, manufactured and designed by Toyota Boshoku and ANA’s has a unique fabric pattern, allowing passengers to experience new in-flight spaces each time they board.

The seat’s backrest supports the pelvis to help passengers maintain a relaxed posture while the seat shape is suited to all body types. Each seat features a 13.3-inch thin personal screen, the largest economy class monitor on domestic flights, PC power supply and USB ports and a highly ergonomic table and armrest. Cup holders have adopted a clover shape to make it easier to remove paper cups.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is introducing the first hands-free doors to domestic flights.

ANA to install world’s first hands-free lavatory doors on 21 aircraft

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) is introducing the first hands-free doors to domestic flights.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is introducing the first hands-free doors to domestic flights.

Partnering with JAMCO Corporation, the innovative door was developed as part of the ANA Care Promise initiative and will help limit potential vectors for the transmission of pathogens.

“Guided by the principles of ANA Care Promise, we have continued to invest in the development and implementation of innovative technologies because the health and safety of passengers and our staff is the top priority,” said Shinichi Inoue, Senior Executive Vice President, Customer Experience Management & Planning. “The hands-free lavatory door is the latest example of us putting this principle into practice as we look for ways to make the travel experience safer and more convenient.”

The new lavatory door is equipped with a large inner door locking knob and an additional handle so that passengers can use their elbows to unlock the door. Because the door mechanism is different to those found on other aircraft, signage has been placed near the lavatory to provide operational instructions.

The hands-free lavatory will be installed on 11 Boeing 787-8 aircraft, two Boeing 787-9 aircraft, and eight Boeing 777-200. The initial installation will be for aircrafts serving domestic routes, while ANA hopes to introduce the system to all domestic and international aircraft in the future.

Qatar Airways has become the first airline to offer 100% touch free IFE access vis PEDs

Qatar Airways set to offer passengers 100% touch free IFE

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Qatar Airways has become the first airline to offer 100% touch free IFE access vis PEDs

Passengers travelling on board the airline’s Airbus A350 fleet will soon be able to access the Oryx One in-flight entertainment system through their own personal electronic devices, minimising the risk of COVID-19.

To pair their PED, passengers need to connect to ‘Oryxcomms’ Wi-Fi and scan a QR code displayed on the Thales AVANT IFE screen. They can then use their devices to navigate and enjoy more than 4,000 options on Oryx One limiting the frequency of on board surface contact and providing greater peace of mind throughout the duration of their journey.

The airline is also set to become the first in Europe and the Middle East and North Africa region to offer passengers in Business and Economy the option to pair their personal Bluetooth headphones with the on-board seatback IFE system in all cabins on the Boeing 787-9 fleet.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “The introduction of the state-of-the-art…technology and enabling passengers to use their personal Bluetooth headset on board, is an important step in taking our already rigorous and stringent COVID-19 precautions to another level, limiting passenger surface contact and preventing any possible spread of infection on board.

“We hope it provides yet further assurance of the safety of air travel, as well as offering passengers on board increased confidence that they are enjoying the most consistently advanced customer experience available in the sky.”

ZIPAIR unveils cabins ahead of Spring launch

ZIPAIR unveils cabins ahead of Spring launch

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In preparation of its first international mid and long-distance flights in mid-May, low cost airline ZIPAIR Tokyo has unveiled the cabin interior of its Boeing 787-8 aircraft.

The interior of the cabin features a contrast of dark tones and the corporate colour of harmony grey. According to the airline, these colours were selected in the design to provide a sense of serenity, allowing passengers to relax on long-haul flights.

Instead of offering seat back screens, the carrier will offer a fee-based option for passengers to browse the internet and stream movies on personal electronic devices.

Two classes of service are available on the aircraft with 290 available seats.

Business class features 18 ZIP Full-Flat Seat, manufactured by JAMCO. The cover of each 180-degree reclining seat is made with genuine leather and equipped with reading lights and charging equipment.

The 272 Recaro economy class standard seats use artificial leather on each seat, with a seat pitch and width measuring 79 centimeters and 43 centimeters, respectively. In addition, reclined the backrest and seat move simultaneously providing more space for passengers sitting behind each seat.