PHOTOS: FlyDubai 737 gets gussied up with Lumexis IFE

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By now, most of you are aware that Lumexis has completed installation of its lightweight fiber optics-based in-flight entertainment system (IFE) – integrated with Recaro seats – on the first of many FlyDubai Boeing 737s.

But the story of how the retrofit was accomplished is fascinating, and worth highlighting.

Because the Lumexis system is not (yet) linefit offerable, Boeing delivered the 737 to FlyDubai with a full set of Recaro seats sans IFE (the aircraft boasts Boeing’s new ‘Sky Interior’).

Then the aircraft was taken to third party MRO facility ATS in Seattle, where the Recaro seats were removed, along with the floor panels and sidewall linings. The Lumexis glass fiber wiring was fitted above the windows (not under the floor) and run to the head-end server units in the IFE rack. See photos below and then read on.

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After the technicians closed everything up, the new integrated IFE/seats were installed. Isn’t the finished product sweet?

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And what became of the standard Recaro seats that were delivered withthe aircraft? They are being recycled back to Boeing for the nextFlyDubai 737 delivery, and subsequent removal by ATS for the nextretrofit.

Thumbnail image for Lumexis First.JPGLumexis discussed the retrofit project at last week’s APEX technical committee meeting in Los Angeles (a meeting that was, by all accounts, a great success).

A special thanks to Lumexis for the pictures accompanying this piece, including this graphic illustrating an important difference between conventional IFE systems and the Lumexis design.

Also during the meeting, APEX approved MPEG-4 Part 10 standard for video compression at long last.

Attendees also learned that the ‘iPads as IFE’ concept isn’t all it’s cracked up to be because studios are not granting early window content for iPads. Notably absent from the committee meeting were BlueBox and Stellar Inflight, which got the whole iPad ball rolling when they revealed a deal with Jetstar.

Makes you wonder what BlueBox was going on about in May when it said: “Andwith our proprietary bluebox security solution, the Ai is fullyapproved for early-window IFE content, just like all other products inthe bluebox range.”  

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3 Responses to PHOTOS: FlyDubai 737 gets gussied up with Lumexis IFE

  1. Dean Tittus November 11, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    After installing this system with the guys from Lumexis and In-Flight Canada, for Us Airways on the A320 proto type at Empire Areo Center in Rome NY I would recommend this system over most others just for the weight savings and dependability alone!

  2. Mary Kirby November 11, 2010 at 8:46 am #

    Thanks Dean. Care to opine why US Airways ultimately did not opt to fit the Lumexis system to its wider domestic fleet?

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