Allowing passengers to play music and video content from their own Apple iPod players over installed in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems is one of several features that will be offered onboard Air New Zealand aircraft in the near-term.

The carrier has opted to equip 13 Airbus A320s and five Boeing 767s with Panasonic’s X Series IFE systems.

In addition to iPod integration, the IFE platform from August will offer video and audio on demand (AVOD), moving map, games, USB media player, and other entertainment options.

As Air New Zealand’s long-term strategy evolves, advanced functionality can easily be added to the system, says Panasonic.

“The Panasonic X Series meets our needs because of its capability and reliability. It was also important that the system we selected had the ability to evolve beyond our immediate requirements to ensure we can continue to offer our customers a unique travel experience in years to come,” says Air New Zealand group general manager international airline Ed Sims.

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Source: Flight International