JAL first airline in Asia to adopt Thales AVANT IFE technology


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Japan Airlines’ new B787-8 aircraft, which entered into service on 1 December, has been equipped with the Thales AVANT in-flight entertainment system, making it the first carrier in Asia to have implemented the advanced in-flight entertainment technology.

The JAL Sky Suite passenger experience on the B787 includes a wide selection of on-demand entertainment, 3D maps, JAL Shop, and Sky Manga, a first-of-its-kind service that allows passengers to enjoy digital manga on the AVANT system. Available in all classes on international routes, passengers will have access to 90 Japanese and 30 English titles.

Japan Airlines - Thales AVANT IFE system
The Android-based Thales AVANT IFE system, launched for the first time in Asia onboard Japan Airlines’ new B787-8, delivers audio and video services on demand at every seat in a number of languages, as well as 3D map applications for flight information, a variety of games, meal ordering, the JAL Shop, and for the first time in-flight, digital manga.

In business class, passengers will enjoy their personal entertainment on 23-inch high definition displays, and via the award-winning Touch Passenger Media Unit. This unique unit, which resembles a smartphone, can be used as a control device or second screen, bringing more interactivity and new Android applications to passengers than ever before.

Passengers in premium economy and economy seats will access their entertainment through large 12 and 10-inch displays, offering a generous viewing experience. Every seat features AC power and USB port accommodations for passengers’ mobile devices.

Japan Airlines has 15 line-fit B787 aircraft on order, all featuring the AVANT system, and in addition to the B787, Thales systems are flying on Japan Airlines’ B767 and B777 aircraft, on both domestic and international routes.

“Our relationship with Japan Airlines spans many years and we have developed mutual respect and trust for one another,” said Dominique Giannoni, Thales Vice President & CEO of In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity Activities. “The launch of this new aircraft is a great milestone for all of us and we are confident that the quality, reliability and advanced technology of our systems will help Japan Airlines ensure their passengers continue to be satisfied by this airline’s exceptional level of service.”

AVANT is a popular system on newest generation aircraft and has been selected by 15 worldwide airlines. Today, more than 120 aircraft are flying with AVANT with at least one aircraft delivery nearly every week. Total orders are approaching 500 aircraft.