Thai Airways is awaiting board approval for the launch of a major upgrade of the in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems and seats on its widebody fleet.

Thai started looking at improving its IFE last year and at its meeting last month the airline's board began considering the details of a two-year programme which will involve the Boeing 777-300, 777-200, Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A330-300 fleets.

Thai says this would involve a "substantial investment", with 2 billion baht ($44 million) earmarked for eight 777-200s, including 500 million baht for IFE and 400 million baht for new seats.

Rockwell Collins, which equips Thai's six 777-300s, has been discussing for some time the retrofit of the rest of the Asian airline's widebody fleet with its Total Entertainment System.

Source: Flight International