Hawaiian Airlines is in talks with in-flight entertainment providers to retrofit its existing newer Boeing 767s with next-generation IFE systems.

The airline expects to make a decision in the next six to eight months, said the carrier's CEO Mark Dunkerley.

Hawaiian operates 17 767s currently on routes to the US west coast and Asia and is gradually retiring them, but expects to have some of the 767s remain in its fleet for about five more years from 2015.

The 767s are currently equipped with traditional drop-down IFE. Passengers can also rent DigEcor portable media players on board.

Dunkerley, who said the discussions with the IFE providers are "fairly early on", added that the airline had wanted to have some experience with the IFE systems on its Airbus A330s first.

Hawaiian's A330s are fitted with Panasonic Avionics' eX2 IFE system. The airline operates four A330s currently and is awaiting the delivery of 13 more. Of the 13, 12 are from a purchase agreement with Airbus and one will be leased from Air Lease.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news