Did you know that in-flight entertainment (IFE) is the second most expensive item on the modern commercial jet (after the engines), and that it is the most complex system on board the airplane in terms of the amount of wiring, individual components, and lines of software code?
Well now you do. In a unique advertisement in the latest edition of Avion, the WAEA’s official publication, readers were presented with some interesting IFE facts care of Boeing (click on pic below). Wanna know my favorite fact?
“When looking across the life of the airplane…the IFE system may actually become the most expensive procured item if an airline converts to an updated system during that span.”
One way to avoid such a costly retrofit, of course, if for an airline to acquire state-of-the-art IFE in advance of aircraft delivery (if and when it can).
But shouldn’t the same logic extend to connectivity, especially since IFE and C (IFEC) are becoming inextricably linked these days?
What airline wants to bolt on a pricey connectivity system to a brand new just-rolled-off-the-line bird?
Don’t put your hands up all at once.