Boeing partners Samsung for IFE and air-ground communications

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Boeing is partnering with Korean electronics giant Samsung in the development of in-flight entertainment (IFE) and aircraft communication equipment.

The two companies have signed a tentative agreement to work together for research and development in the field.

The first step will be to develop "advanced display and wireless networking technologies" for IFE equipment, with the aim of improving ground-to-air connectivity for passengers and making on-board systems more lightweight and energy efficient.

Boeing and Samsung also want to improve the transmission of operational data between the aircraft and ground stations. The airframer says it will "explore opportunities" for the use of Samsung's current and future hand-held mobile devices and IT products for its aircraft.

Larry Schneider, vice-president of product development for Boeing's commercial aircraft division, says that the cooperation will "advance the science" of IFE and aircraft communication.

The cooperation with Samsung will be overseen by Boeing's research and technology arm.