Condor to trial wireless IFE system

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German leisure carrier Condor is testing a wireless inflight entertainment (IFE) system which distributes its content to passengers' personal computers and smartphones.

The Thomas Cook subsidiary has installed Lufthansa Systems's 'BoardConnect' IFE equipment on one of its 11 Boeing 767-300 (registration D-ABUZ), thereby becoming a launch customer for the system.

It will be tested on scheduled flights from mid-September.

As the system streams the airline's IFE content to travellers' own digital devices - such as smartphones, laptops or tablet computers - no wiring is needed to the passenger seats. The system comprises one server and a number of wireless access points throughout the cabin.

Lufthansa Systems says it can be installed during routine maintenance checks or overnight stops, without the need for additional ground time.