By Staff writer
Akbar Al Baker says he expects seat-back systems to be replaced by passengers using their own devices
The CEO of Qatar Airways has said he believes traditional in-flight entertainment (IFE) units found in the back of seats will be replaced by passengers using their own devices in the next few years.
Akbar Al Baker said removing seat-back systems would save weight and therefore costs for airlines.
In comments made at the IATA World Passenger Symposium in Hamburg this week, Al Baker said: "What is going to happen in next five, six, seven years is that people will bring their own devices, hook them behind the seat and get content relayed to them through the internet."
Panasonic and Thales are the world's two largest IFE companies.
When asked about possible orders being made at the Dubai Airshow next month, Al Baker said: "Wait and see."
The Dubai Airshow 2015 is set to get underway on November 8, but demand for exhibition space has meant organisers are already planning to expand the 2017 event by more than a fifth.
Over 1,100 exhibitors from 60 countries are expected to attend next month, ranging from first-timers such as to the industry stalwarts.For all the latest tech news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Shame.... well if this will be the case I hope it'll only be in the Economy class cabins... Business and First should continue with IFE's...