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Dubai Airshow: Panasonic shows off Emirates IFEC 'firsts'

Posted 13 November 2017 · Add Comment

Panasonic Avionics and Emirates (stand 1010) are showing a number of in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) firsts on the latter's new Boeing 777-300ER.

These include line-fit Wi-Fi connectivity and a new in-flight entertainment (IFE) system that is 12% lighter overall than previous versions, helping to cut fuel burn and emissions.

Panasonic says the new seat-back displays feature “stunning clarity and picture quality” from Emirates’ award-winning in-flight entertainment system. The seats also feature fast charging for passengers’ electronics devices and an innovative room service feature in first class. 

First class also features a mode controller, in the form of a slim tablet computer, that acts as a second screen for seat and cabin environment control and also helps passengers navigate the IFE system.

It also gets wireless handset controls, offering interactive navigation, channel, volume, flight attendant call, light, TV on/off, menu and sleep controls.

The sleep button is unique, with a single press placing the cabin into sleep mode and a second press restoring full functionality.

A new feature enables passengers to communicate in real time with the cabin crew using video chat functionality. Passengers will be able to place requests via voice and/or video, or enjoy complete privacy with the device’s “do not disturb” mode.

Business class gets new 23in HD smart monitors – the largest size in business class across the Emirates fleet – which include HDMI video ports and capacitive touch-screen capabilities.

First and business class also feature high-power USB type-A and type-C jacks – the new standard for phone charging. 

The seat also supports noise cancelling audio sockets. 

In economy class, a series of innovations offer Emirates a 35% reduction in weight and ‘super eco’ monitors with ultra-wide viewing angles, a capacitive touch-screen, LED backlight and full HD display.

 

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