Vistara has upgraded the map application in its inflight entertainment (IFE) system with the launch of a new 3D inflight map experience on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The aircraft will be equipped with Panasonic’s new 3D inflight map application called Arc.
Vistara passengers will now be able to choose from over 20 distinct map views in 4K for various phases of flight, incorporating 3D satellite imagery, local and global views, as well as a personalised feature that enables passengers to see the aircraft’s relative position to their selected map location throughout their flight. Other features also include a Kids Map, and street map views will be introduced in a subsequent release.
Arc will be available in all cabins in the overhead monitors, seatback screens, video handsets, as well as on passengers’ mobile devices connected to the in-flight Wi-Fi.
“Inflight entertainment plays an extremely important role in the overall experience of flying with an airline, especially on a long flight,” says Vinod Kannan, Chief Commercial Officer, Vistara. “Our partnership with Panasonic has helped us in bringing state-of-the-art IFE systems and satellite connectivity to our customers. Arc, with trailblazing capabilities, will not only help us keep our customers engaged on their flights, but also open up a whole new medium for us to interact with them. We are delighted to make this cutting-edge application a part of the award-winning Vistara experience in our continuous effort to maximise customer delight.”
Arc is inspired by the latest design thinking of contemporary digital and gaming experiences and enables airlines to leverage the high viewership of inflight moving maps.
Andrew Mohr, Vice President of Digital Services and Solutions, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, also commented: “We are delighted by this opportunity to partner with Vistara on the launch of Arc on their Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Arc represents a new generation of map technology, perfectly tuned to take advantage of our latest IFE hardware. Introducing many industry firsts, this collaboration with Vistara has resulted in both companies jointly setting a new standard for the in-flight map experience.”
The map platform will be progressively made available on the airline’s brand new A321neo aircraft as well.