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Turkish Airlines selects new Android based in-flight entertainment system

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Thales, leader in In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) and Turkish Airlines officially selected the Thales TopSeries AVANT in-flight entertainment system on board 25 of its A321 and 20 of its B737 aircraft.

topseries avantTurkish Airlines and Thales have also agreed to a 10 year service agreement for the provision of media content support to ensure a dynamic and engaging passenger experience.

Turkish Airlines will start taking delivery of its A321 fleet in March 2015 and its’ B737 aircraft in January 2016.

Turkish Airlines’ CEO Dr. Temel Kotil has stated that: “Superior service is the distinguishing mark of Turkish Airlines, separating us from our competitors. We are trying to offer our passengers the best examples of Turkish hospitality while onboard. We are aware that the onboard services are the significant components for the satisfaction of our passengers and we continue to raise the bar. We are continuing to work on meeting the expectations of our passengers by constantly innovating to delight and surprise our guests as in this innovation. And with this new in-flight entertainment system we are convinced that we will bring an added value to the comfort of our passengers. All of these changes display the desire of Turkish Airlines to provide an unmatched travel experience.”

The system is offerable on all advanced, single and twin aisle Airbus and Boeing aircraft and its unique design eliminates the electronics box under each cabin seat therefore improving passenger comfort and driving weight efficiency, key drivers in for the single aisle segment. The system’s scalable design allows an airline to offer differentiation between classes such as single touchscreen in economy and interactive multi-screen in business. The AVANT system incorporates an Android Operating System accommodating a wide range of both off-the-shelf and airline specific applications easily integrated using the unique Thales Software Developers Kit (SDK). A further crucial element of the selection was Turkish Airlines’ ability to use Thales’s highly experienced global service and support network to ensure optimal system performance especially in fast turnaround situations, driving maximum passenger satisfaction and comfort.
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