American Airlines selects Thales’ IFE solution

American Airlines has selected Thales’ inflight entertainment (IFE) solution for its new A321XLR and Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

The airline will be the launch customer for Thales’ latest ‘AVANT’ solution, which includes its new line of ‘Optiq’ 4K seatback screens enhanced with Samsung QLED technology.

AVANT also features Bluetooth connection at each seat, allowing passengers to pair wireless headphones to the system.

Thales’ executive vice-president avionics Yannick Assouad said: “American Ailines has trusted Thales as an inflight 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.”

The airline’s ‘Premium Class’ will feature 17-inch displays, accompanied with a 5-inch touchscreen handset. ‘Premium Economy’ and ‘Economy Class’ will feature 13.3-inch displays and 11.6-inch displays respectively.

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

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