UPDATE: This is not Thales IFE. It's Panasonic IFE! Doh! Indeed, I'm told that, at present, the dominant portion of Korean's fleet is fitted with Panasonic System 3000 and eX2.
Sitting in Row 48 on a Korean Air Boeing 777-200, Zsolt Kiraly - an Apple loving, iPhone coding, Japanophile, MBA grad and all-round airplane geek - received a pleasant surprise.
There in front of his face was a large in-flight entertainment monitor offering two dozen movies and myriad short programming, as well as music and video games on demand - a far cry from Korean's economy-class of old, seen here:
The power plugs "were super handy because we brought [our child] Alex's favourite shows on a MacBook so we were not risking draining the battery on that laptop. There were multi-form 110V plugs under almost every seat," says Kiraly.
Korean is a big customer of Thales (with Thales tapped on a multitude of forward fits), but this is not Thales IFE. It's Panasonic. And the carrier's in-flight amenities extend past IFE on this LAX-INC flight.
"I gotta say the Korean Air service in general was superb. There were tons of flight attendants constantly milling about. All female of course, and very pretty. Seating was 3-3-3, and I thought the legroom was great. And these were the cheapest tickets we could buy," says Kiraly.
Pretty girls? How un-PC! (i.e. perfect for this blog).
In line with the IFEC industry's new focus on the "passenger experience", you can consider this Report 1 of what I hope will be a series of mini-reports from the field about the passenger experience in which IFEC and interiors will feature prominently.
To vote for Korean's IFE in the Passenger Choice Awards, go HERE.
Kiraly took the pic above and the ones below with his new iPhone 4.