This is the first major sale of the TopSeries AVANT system in the China region and the first selection of this new system for a B777 aircraft. The system will be installed in ten of China Southern Airlines’ B777 aircraft and the service will be available across all classes. The entry into revenue service is expected in February 2014.
All seats on board China Southern’s B777 will be equipped with the award winning Thales TouchPMU handheld device which will allow passengers in all classes to control their IFEC system whilst utilizing the dual screen for multi-task capability like they do on the ground.
Mr. DONG Suguang Executive Vice President of China Southern Airlines commented: “ China Southern attaches great importance to the in-flight entertainment which is to bring new market opportunity and business model. I'm convinced that the selection of Thales IFEC system will further contribute to the improvement of China Southern's long-lasting fine services, enhance passenger experience and add more competitiveness to China Southern Airlines.”
Commenting on the milestone, Alan Pellegrini Chief Executive Officer for the Thales In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity business said: “Airlines such China Southern are enjoying record breaking growth and are therefore very keen to provide their passengers with the best and latest in-cabin experience, it is therefore very gratifying they have chosen TopSeries AVANT over all other products in the market to equip their newest and most advanced aircraft.”
“China Southern attaches great importance to the in-flight entertainment which is to bring new market opportunity and business model ”