Thursday, September 29, 2005

Boeing Selects Thales for In-Flight Wireless Entertainment Network

Boeing has selected Thales as the first recommended in-flight entertainment provider for the all-new 787 Dreamliner.

The new Thales system, called the TopSeries i-8000, will use a wireless network to deliver DVD-quality video to each seat on the airplane. The Thales product interfaces with the Connexion by Boeing system that provides broadband connectivity for the 787 and allows passengers to access the Internet and e-mail systems.

A prototype system will be built and demonstrated to Boeing late 2006. Then, in 2007, a new engineering lab with a 270 seat configuration will be built at the Thales facility in Irvine, California. After lab testing, the system is scheduled to ship to Seattle where it will be installed into a B787 flight test aircraft for further testing.

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