LAN begins tests of Thales' wireless IFE service

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Chile's LAN is testing wireless inflight entertainment on an Airbus A320 with Thales' TopSeries AVA system.

The aircraft, equipped with routers to allow passengers to stream wireless content to their own devices, will fly on domestic and international routes with the technology in a six-month trial. The tests began on 7 August, says Thales.

The inflight entertainment content is transmitted wirelessly from Thales' headquarters in Irvine, California to Santiago, the connectivity provider says.

"LAN and Thales will be using a fully digital content and applications distribution supply chain that incorporates a medianet and the Thales GateSync solution," says Dominique Giannoni, chief executive of Thales' inflight entertainment and connectivity business. "This enables for the first time a content load to be delivered end-to-end without the need for physical touch or intervention."

To add new content to the aircraft, LAN is testing Thales' GateSync service, which uses a ground-based telecommunications network that can push information for crews like passenger manifests and crew logs as well as data about aircraft systems to the aircraft between each flight.

LAN and Thales have been working on the trial of the technology since mid-2012.