Astronics has announced that it will supply inflight entertainment system hardware for a next-generation inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system being developed by one of the largest airlines in the United States.
Under the agreement, Astronics’ products will equip nearly 50 of the unnamed airlines’ new widebody aircraft.
Provided by Astronics CSC, the company is now delivering production units that are a combination of new and existing products, both standard off-the-shelf and custom designs.
Michael Kuehn, President of Astronics CSC, said: “We believe that being selected as a hardware solution partner for this airline is a validation of the quality and innovation of our product offerings.
“The airline relied on us to provide a significant portion of the design, development, and manufacturing services to deliver their solution on time and on budget.
“Astronics offers the most complete and most widely deployed set of IFEC hardware solutions available from a single vendor.”
The airline’s new IFEC system will feature Astronics CSC’s suite of products and solutions that includes the Summit Line Content Servers, CabinEdge Content Loaders, Cabin-ACe Wireless Access Points (WAPs), and a custom passenger control unit (PCU).
Together these products enable the airline to offer on-board audio/video on-demand services that provide for redundancy, self-healing capabilities, and modularity for uninterrupted inflight performance.
Astronics has already completed flight worthiness testing and certification work for both DO-160G retrofit STC installations and line-fit offerability. The company says its products fit seamlessly with the airline’s existing inflight connectivity system.