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Boeing, Thales sign first 787 Dreamliner Wireless IFE agreement

Boeing Corp. has selected Thales Inc. as the in-flight entertainment (IFE) provider for its 787 Dreamliner commerci...


September 30, 2005  


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Boeing Corp. has selected Thales Inc. as the in-flight entertainment (IFE) provider for its 787 Dreamliner commercial jet.

The new Thales system, called the TopSeries i-8000, uses a wireless network to deliver DVD-quality video to each seat on the airplane.

It 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.

Thales, which is based in Paris, plans to open a new engineering laboratory in California to support the testing of the new system.

“By working with our airline customers to understand their in-flight entertainment needs, we clearly identified many tangible benefits of a wireless system,” said Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 787 program.

“Customers will be more comfortable as we are eliminating much of the equipment that typically is housed under their seats. In addition, we are saving weight and cost.”

The wireless concept will also allow airlines to more quickly reconfigure their airplanes to meet changing demands, reducing the amount of time it takes to change seating arrangements from hours to minutes.

The first Dreamliner flight is expected in 2007 with certification, delivery and entry into service occurring in 2008.