Sichuan Airlines to install Rockwell Collins PAVES on new Airbus fleet

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Chinese regional carrier Sichuan Airlines will be Rockwell Collins’ first customer for the on-demand, seatback version of its PAVES in-flight entertainment (IFE) system .

The carrier will feature the video touchscreens in the first class section of 20 new Airbus A319, 320 and A321 aircraft that will start to enter the fleet in 2015.

In addition to the in-seat system, Sichuan is using the PAVES Broadcast overhead IFE system in its economy cabin.

“We see great value in Rockwell Collins’ IFE solution and the strong customer support network it brings,” said Li Haiying, Sichuan Airlines president, in a release. “More importantly, we know our passengers will be pleased with a solution that they can rely on during their journeys.”

The Iowa-based supplier first unveiled the in-seat version of PAVES, then known as PAVES 3, at the 2011 Airline Passenger Experience Association expo in Seattle. There is also a wireless version of PAVES, which allows passengers to stream in-flight entertainment content to their own portable devices.

More than 1,600 aircraft are flying today with the broadcast version of PAVES as well as previous analog versions, says Rockwell Collins.