Indian airline Vistara is the launch customer for BAE Systems’ IntelliCabin wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. This will provide inflight wireless streaming of preloaded content to customers’ personal electronic devices across all three cabin classes in its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.
The system includes fully-integrated Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets for business class customers.
The entire Vistara fleet will incorporate the IFE system, which is expected to go live in another six months.
In the interim, BAE Systems is providing Vistara’s business class customers with customised Samsung Galaxy tablets with specially-selected preloaded content.
This interim solution will be available to Vistara’s business class customers on flights of more than two hours duration beginning in March 2015.
Prasad Menon, chairman of Vistara, said: “We are extremely happy to be launching the pioneering technology of in-flight wireless streaming in India.
“The IFE solution is the outcome of much deliberation and we sought to ensure that it was innovative, ground-breaking, and novel for our customers.
“BAE Systems’ IntelliCabin IFE system offers the latest technological innovations, which includes the potential for live TV and full WiFi on board.”
BAE Systems and Samsung have partnered to deliver the IFE system, which delivers movies, TV shows, magazines, and games through a rich user interface.
BAE Systems said it would be working on integrating the system with satellite connectivity systems to provide full internet access in due course.
The tablet-driven IFE system is one component of BAE Systems’ IntelliCabin suite of products, which provides an integrated, scalable approach to aircraft cabin management through in-seat power, dynamic LED lighting, and a cabin crew interface.