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Qatar Airways is upgrading its Boeing B787-8 fleet

Thales’s AVANT IFE, IFE system features an innovative, New Generation user experience unique to Qatar Airways

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Qatar Airways is upgrading its Boeing B787-8 fleet

Qatar Airways is one of the fastest-growing and highly acclaimed airlines globally, consistently earning a 5-Star rating by Skytrax. Qatar Airways has a steadfast vision to provide the best in-flight experience to its passengers with a fleet of the latest-generation aircraft and an unrivalled level of service. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the airline remained unwavering in its commitment to upgrade the current fleet of Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner with Thales AVANT inflight entertainment (IFE) system.

Qatar Airways has been eager to replicate the innovative AVANT experience on their Boeing B787-8 aircraft without disrupting the fleet’s utilisation and minimizing downtime during the retrofit installation. Thales has developed an upgrade program to adapt the existing legacy system to incorporate new AVANT screens and servers into the existing seats and aircraft infrastructure to achieve this ambition. This turnkey approach includes delivery of full seat modification, hardware and all required certifications, and the ability to leverage media integration commonality across the Qatar Airways’ fleet equipped with AVANT.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Ms Salam Al Shawa, said: “As a leader of innovation within the global aviation industry, we are always looking for ways to further enrich our already exceptional 5-Star onboard experience for passengers. With the latest in-flight technology, including lightweight screens, greater content storage and full HD touch screens, we are delighted to work with Thales in bringing the most advanced AVANT IFE system onboard our Boeing 787-8 fleet.”

Upgrading to AVANT IFE on the Boeing B787-8 fleet introduces the latest High Definition (HD), capacitive touch screen technology enabling passengers to seamlessly navigate the graphical user interface (GUI) using familiar gestures from their smartphone or tablet. The lightweight screens are two to three times brighter than the former technology, featuring more than 16 million colours for a brilliant viewing experience.

The AVANT system offers a large selection of features and applications with high capacity servers to store over a terabyte of industry-leading media content including the latest HD movies, TV show episodes and music collections. Business-class passengers will enjoy 17” Full HD touch screens; the main cabin will feature the same high-quality experience with 12” smart displays.

“Qatar Airways continues to be a leader in the recovery of the aviation industry, maintaining a paramount commitment to service and the enrichment of the passenger journey. Together we have developed a turnkey upgrade program with a seamless customer experience and continued installation despite the crisis. With the AVANT IFE system, passengers on Qatar Airways Boeing B787-8 aircraft will enjoy a 5-star experience.” Philippe Carette, Chief Executive Officer, Thales InfFlyt Experience

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