Rockwell Collins has signed the first deal with an airline to install its seatback version of the PAVES in-flight entertainment system on narrowbody aircraft, says the supplier on the sidelines of the NBAA business aviation convention and exhibition in Las Vegas.
The Iowa-based supplier has declined to name the airline or aircraft type but says it is close to announcing details of the deal.
The "seat-centric" IFE system is configured to use two different types of technology to deliver entertainment content to passengers on single-aisle aircraft. The premium cabin will feature high-definition displays in each seatback through the PAVES On-Demand system, while the economy cabin will be outfitted with overhead display units, known as the PAVES Broadcast system.
Rockwell Collins first unveiled the in-seat version of PAVES, then known as PAVES 3, at the Airline Passenger Experience Association expo in Seattle.
More than 1,600 aircraft are flying today with the broadcast version of PAVES as well as previous analog versions, says the supplier. There is also a wireless version of PAVES, which allows passengers to stream in-flight entertainment content to their own portable devices. For example, Thomas Cook Group uses a combination of the wireless version along with 12” overhead monitors on its Airbus A320 and 321 fleets.