18 September 2007
Thales announced that its TopSeries in-flight entertainment system was selected by LOT Polish Airlines for 8 Boeing B787 aircraft.
Each aircraft will service a total of 273 passengers with 24 seats in business class and 249 in economy. The first revenue flight is schedule for October 2008.
The system will be characterized by highly customized menu screens. At each seat, passengers will have a rich blend of on-demand entertainment programming that is shown on widescreen displays ranging from 15.4" to 8.9". LOT Polish Airlines will also provide to all passengers in-seat laptop power, noise cancelling headphone technology and USB ports for personal electronic device connectivity.
"We believe that the Thales total offering stands out from the rest. Their system demonstration, media services and maintenance support programs met our expectations and drove us to the Thales brand, said Wojciech Kadziolka, spokesman of LOT Polish Airlines. Key airline routes are to the United States. "LOT Polish Airlines and Thales have developed a solid relationship and together our focus will be to bring to the airlines' passengers and crews an enjoyable onboard experience," said Alan Pellegrini, Vice President and General Manager of Thales' In-flight Entertainment business.
Notes to the Editor
Thales IFE Systems: Thales is one of two major IFE system suppliers and the only company that elected to design and develop a new system intended for both Entertainment & Communications. The system is called TopSeriesTM. Thales has enjoyed total satisfaction in tests on the early long flights and route proving flights on Airbus's innovative A380 aircraft (MSN2 aircraft) and as a close partner of Boeing, is chosen as a preferred supplier for IFE systems for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. Thales's IFE systems have been selected by over 30 airlines worldwide, flying a total of over 600 aircraft.
About LOT Polish Airlines
LOT is one of the oldest airlines in the world. It has been connecting Poland with the rest of the world since 1929. Now planes in LOT livery fly to over 60 destinations in Europe, Middle East and North America. In 2006 LOT Group has carried over 4.2 million passengers. LOT fleet is one of the most modern in Europe. In 2008 LOT will become the first European airline to take delivery of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. LOT's pilots include many European and World Champions in all kinds of aviation sports. LOT belongs to the Star Alliance whose members fly over 16,000 flights every day to 855 airports in 155 countries all over the world.
Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, addressing defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide. Thales's leading-edge technology is supported by 22 000 R&D engineers who offer a capability unmatched in Europe to develop and deploy field-proven mission-critical information systems. To this end, the group's civil and military businesses develop in parallel and share a common base of technologies to serve a single objective: the security of people, property and nations. The group builds its growth on its unique multi-domestic strategy based on trusted partnerships with national customers and market players, while leveraging its global expertise to support local technology and industrial development. Thales employs 68,000 people in 50 countries with forecast 2007 revenues in excess of € 12 billion.
Press release from: http://www.thalesonline.com/aerospace/
Looks like this will bring LOT up to higher standards.
Now just can wait for a first flight on 787