China Eastern Airlines has selected the Thales TopSeries in-flight entertainment system for 16 of its new Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

"Installed at every seat, the TopSeries IFE system will enable passengers to enjoy the experience of accessing a wide range of audio and video on-demand entertainment and information using a touch screen display sizes 15.4" in business class and 10.6" in economy," says Thales, noting that passengers "will have Thales slim-line tethered passenger control units".

The system will also accommodate personal electronic devices with USB connection, enabling passengers to view on the in-seat IFE display picture files from their portable consumer products. Other applications that could roll-out in the future include a broadcast 3D moving map for flight status information, electronic books and shopping, says Thales.

The first aircraft is schedule to deliver in November 2011. Financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news