LAN first to operate 787 line-fit with Panasonic eX2

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Chile's LAN is the first Boeing 787 operator to receive its aircraft line-fit with the Panasonic Avioncs eX2 in-flight entertainment (IFE) solution.

The carrier, which has 32 Boeing 787s on order, had initially gone with an IFE solution offered in the 787 catalogue when it first ordered the aircraft. However, the airline "was very clear from the beginning that we wanted to have a state of the art IFE system", says Justin Siegel, the carrier's vice-president of fleet projects.

LAN worked extensively with Boeing and Panasonic to ensure it could roll out the integrated solution, says Siegel, who adds that the airline was aware in 2011 that it would be able to offer it on the 787.

The eX2 system features a touch screen monitor and allows passengers to connect their iPhones and iPads to the system to access the content on the devices.

Taking the integrated solution line-fit helps save on weight and makes maintenance easier, says the airline's IFE development manager Cristobal Donoso. For example, modules that need to be replaced can be swapped out easily compared to older retrofitted IFE systems.

LAN's new Boeing 767 deliveries also feature the integrated IFE solution, and the airline received the first such 767 in July.

Besides a new IFE system, LAN's first 787 offers a new cabin interior with business class seats that convert into fully flat beds. The new seats are also available on LAN's new 767s. LAN's 787s will feature the trademark archway interior in business class, making it the second airline after All Nippon Airways to take the new aircraft with the feature.