Virgin America's new Red Beta in-flight entertainment, which is launching this month, was built on Android-based software. "It gives us a platform to really innovate and draw up new capabilities and new features and bring them to all of our guests on a much faster basis," said Virgin America's Ken Bieler.
Visually impaired passengers on Air Canada's Boeing 787s will be able to access the in-flight entertainment via new technology that lets them navigate the system with the help of audio cues. The Panasonic Avionics eX3 system turns text into speech -- in both French and English -- and passengers can use handsets and touch screens to follow prompts. The new offering enhances Air Canada's groundbreaking text-to-speech IFE offering for the visually impaired.
Passengers traveling on Iberia flights will be able to get a preview of the in-flight entertainment available to them by downloading "IberiaOnBoard," a new app from Global Eagle Entertainment's IFE Services subsidiary. The new mobile app lets users see the music lineup, scan for children's content and read a synopsis and other details of each movie.
Pacific Royale Airways will install the Lumexis FTTS in-flight entertainment system on its fleet of Q320s. "After reviewing and accessing the latest available in-flight entertainment/communication produces, we determined that only Lumexis' Fiber-To-The-Screen IFA offered the full range of advanced passenger services and entertainment we required," said Pacific Royale President Samudra Sukardi.