Emirates, Thales extend inflight connectivity partnership

Emirates, Thales extend inflight connectivity partnership
Thales’ AVANT IFE system will provide a further boost to Emirates’ inflight entertainment system, ice.
Published: 15 November 2017 - 1:27 p.m.
By: David Ndichu

Emirates and Thales have extended their inflight entertainment and connectivity partnership.

The airline’s fleet of Boeing 777X fleet, due for delivery starting in 2020, will be equipped with Thale’s latest broadband inflight connectivity, using Inmarsat GX global satellite network.

Emirates and Thales have an ongoing multi-million dollar deal to fit the former’s Boeing 777X fleet with Thales AVANT inflight entertainment system. The new agreement is part of the Emirates and Thales’ plans to develop and enhance the inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) on the 777X fleet.

Over the years, Emirates has invested over US $200 million to equip its aircraft with connectivity. Demand for Wi-Fi on board has been steadily increasing and today over 800,000 passengers per month connect while inflight. Emirates offers all its customers 20MB of complimentary Wi-Fi data on board while Emirates Skywards members in First Class and Business Class enjoy unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi and discounted plans in Economy Class.

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