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Emirates signs deal for inflight entertainment in new Boeing jets

Dubai carrier inks agreement with Thales to equip new Boeing 777X aircraft due for delivery starting in mid-2020

Emirates signs deal for inflight entertainment in new Boeing jets

Emirates has announced it has signed an agreement with Thales to equip its Boeing 777X fleet with a new inflight entertainment system.

The airline said it will work in partnership with Thales to develop the Thales AVANT inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system to be fitted on its new Boeing 777X aircraft due for delivery starting in mid-2020.

This mullti-million dollar investment underscores Emirates’ continued commitment to providing the best possible passenger experience, the Dubai-based carrier said in a statement.

“Our partnership with Thales represents a significant investment and emphasis on customer experience, which has always been a priority for us. The new Boeing 777X aircraft will herald a new era for the Emirates fleet,” said Adel Al Redha, executive vice president and chief operations officer, Emirates Airline.

The deal covers IFEC systems for Emirates’ first 50 Boeing 777X aircraft. The airline has a firm order of 150 Boeing 777X aircraft.

Dominique Giannoni, CEO, Thales InFlyt Experience, said: "Thales is proud to be selected by Emirates to provide the award winning AVANT inflight entertainment solution for their future B777X fleet. We are committed to delivering excellence in customer satisfaction and driving the highest standards in passenger engagement, now and into the future,” said.

The airline currently offers up to 2,500 channels on demand while 85 percent of Emirates’ fleet of 240 passenger aircraft is equipped with Wi-Fi on board including all A380 aircraft and 107 aircraft are equipped with live TV.

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