Virgin America will have its new Lufthansa Systems BroadConnect in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system linefit on new Airbus A320 family aircraft arriving from 2013 onwards.

The carrier announced last September the selection of Lufthansa Systems as the provider of its next-generation in-flight entertainment platform, Red. Installations will begin from late 2012 and remain on track, said a Virgin America spokeswoman.

Late last year, Lufthansa Systems said it was working with Airbus to offer the IFEC system linefit on new Virgin America A320s. This will be the case from 2013, doing away with the need for retrofits, confirmed Virgin America's spokeswoman.

The airline's current IFEC system is supplied by Panasonic Avionics, and the carrier has yet to decide whether to replace them with the new system, said the spokeswoman.

Lufthansa Systems BroadConnect will allow travellers to stream content to their own devices as well to seatback screens.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news