Exclusive: South African taps Sicma for seat-centric IFE

South African Airways has become the latest customer of Sicma’s seat-centre SiT in-flight entertainment system, RWG can exclusively reveal.

South African.JPG“We are retrofitting two [Airbus] A330s starting with the first plane in June 2011,” says Thomas Lee, director of business development at Zodiac Aerospace, the parent to Sicma. The aircraft are owned by a leasing company.

The carrier will offer 10in screens, and take advantage of the lightweight fiber optic-based wiring available to SiT customers (traditional copper wiring is also on offer).

Sicma’s SiT has been enjoying some solid success of late. Customers include launch customer Royal Jordanian and Corsairfly. SiT has also been made linefit offerable on Airbus A330s and A340s (no easy task!!)

Linefit status means that Sicma is now playing in the same backyard as Panasonic and Thales.

“With respect to the capabilities of our system, we have video and audio on demand (obviously) but there is also gaming. We have 3D capability in our system on the games so you can have multiple players laying the same game at the same time competing with each other through the network.”

Check out the installs on Royal Jordanian!

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One Response to Exclusive: South African taps Sicma for seat-centric IFE

  1. Paulo M March 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Looks pretty neat. But only the A330′s? What are the plans for the nine A340-600′s, and other A340-300′s?