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China Southern partners with Thales to offer next-gen IFEC

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China Southern partners with Thales to offer next-gen IFEC

China Southern will install the TopSeries AVANT IFEC system on all 10 of its B77-300ERs, which will enter service over the next two years.

China Southern has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER equipped with Thales’ fourth-generation TopSeries AVANT in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system.

The Chinese carrier already offers Thales’ IFEC systems on its A330s, but the new B777-300ER is the first aircraft of its type to be equipped with the new system. The delivery follows the recent announcement that Turkish Airlines will equip 45 of its single-aisle aircraft with the TopSeries AVANT IFEC platform.

Offering content in five languages – English, Simplified Chinese, French, Japanese and Korean – the system offers passengers on-demand movies and television programmes, 3D maps, games, flight connection information, e-books, e-shopping and a photo viewer. Passengers can also use it to carry out passenger surveys.

Zhang Zifang, Chief Operating Officer, China Southern, said: “These aircraft play a crucial role in our international growth strategy and being the launch customer for the AVANT system is an important move for us to offer an advanced experience to our passengers.”

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Interested in learning more about improving your onboard passenger experience? At FTE Europe 2015, which will take place in London from 2-4 February 2015, senior speakers from the likes of Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Etihad Airways, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Thomson Airways, Air Canada, United Airlines, Inmarsat, IATA, Factorydesign and Thales will share their latest passenger-focused plans and visions in the 'Up in the Air' conference.

The event will also include a dedicated 'On the Ground' conference stream, IATA workshop, an extensive exhibition, a visit to the Emirates Aviation Experience, and a 'Best of British' Gala Evening at Altitude 360 @ Altitude London, London's premier sky venue which offers jetliner views of the city.

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