Holy Hell! Virgin America to offer wireless IFE from Lufthansa Systems

Virgin America, which offers one of the best embedded in-flight entertainment systems in the US skies, has teamed with Lufthansa Systems to bring streaming video to passengers. I received the following brief email just now:

Media invitation: Virgin America and Lufthansa Systems team up to take in-flight entertainment to new heights.

I presume more info is forthcoming, but it’s my understanding that Virgin America is planning to hold a press conference at the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) annual conference and exhibition in Seattle.

Obviously, this opens up all sorts of questions.

Will Virgin America keep its Panasonic Avionics seat-back screens (and if it doesn’t, what does that mean for embedded IFE)?

Why didn’t Virgin America select the wireless IFE solutions from either of its partners, Gogo or Panasonic Avionics?

With Lufthansa Systems gaining traction (Condor is its launch customer) will the German airline opt for its sister’s solution?

How many passengers will be able to access the streaming video (a whole cabin)?

Watch this space! Here is a video of Lufthansa Systems’ BoardConnect wireless IFE solution.

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2 Responses to Holy Hell! Virgin America to offer wireless IFE from Lufthansa Systems

  1. Dave P August 27, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Gee, a solution that gives people what they want…

    Of course, good luck using your 13″ laptop in a 31″ or less seat pitch econoseat…

    And sure, VA’s seatback solution is one of the nicer ones, but they are so easily vandalized, like every other in-seat solution, they become ratty very quickly.

    On a recent trip to SFO the one my wife had to watch had been gouged with some sharp pen-like implement.

  2. FrequentFlyer September 2, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    Wow, that looks really good!