Gulf Air, as first reported by RWG, is poised to bring Panasonic Avionics’ eXConnect in-flight high-speed Internet solution to its fleet (could it announce the deal this week at the Paris Air Show?) but that’s not the only in-flight entertainment and connectivity news breaking about the carrier.
According to a recent online post on the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Tender Board web site, Gulf Air is upgrading IFE VCPs “to digital plug & play” players on aircraft MSN278, MSN281, MSN286, MSN287, MSN334 and MSN340.
The carrier is paying Goodrich/TEAC Aerospace a sum of just under $1.7 million for the package. In February Gulf said it would offer digEcor portable devices to premium passengers. Quite the deal, and indicative that there is some low-hanging fruit ripe for picking by providers of low-cost, retrofit-ready and portable IFE.
Heck, I hear you can kit out a widebody with certain seat-centric solutions for as little as $1 million per plane.
Gulf Air recently had digEcor’s semi-embedded IFE installed on a Boeing 737.