PHOTO: Korean launches Thales’ next generation IFE system

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Korean Air (KAL) has released images of its new seating products and guess what is in the pics? The next generation of Thales’ TopSeries in-flight entertainment (IFE) system!!!

Okay, this isn’t the best view of the screen, but it’s something.

So what makes this new IFE system so special? In February Thales VP media services Stuart Dunleavy gave me this key quote:

“From a media point of view, the architecture is becoming much more web-like in its implementation and that creates huge opportunities for my team to be innovative. Additionally, the server has a lot more horsepower, and can hold nearly a terabyte of storage. And the screens have much faster processing ability. They are essentially like mini-laptops.”

KAL’s latest seating and IFE upgrade project will cost $200 million and take two years to complete. It covers nine Boeing 777-200s, four Boeing 777-300s, three Airbus A330-200s, and 16 Airbus A330-300s.

The aircraft will be refurbished in KAL’s hanger at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul.

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