Virgin Atlantic add new IFE system on A330s
Virgin Atlantic has launched a new in-flight entertainment (IFE) system on the inaugural flight of the airline’s new Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The new Panasonic touch screen system allows passengers to follow the map on a handset and watch a movie on the main screen. Dee Cooper, Director of Product and Service for Virgin Atlantic, commented; “Virgin Atlantic has always led the industry in in-flight entertainment and technology – we were the first airline to provide all passengers with seat back television screens nearly twenty years ago and have since then been the first British airline to introduce texting and emailing facilities onboard. “The new system Jam is simple and fun to use and is more like a tablet touchscreen entertainment screen. With over 300 hours of movies, award winning TV shows, music and games we are sure holidaymakers flying from Manchester today will love having this cutting edge technology at their fingertips.” The new system will be installed on all 10 of Virgin Atlantic’s A330 aircraft which will be delivered over the next two years. Later this year Virgin Atlantic travellers flying on the A330 will also be able to send and receive emails and texts on their BlackBerries, handheld PDAs and other mobile devices. Features on the new IFE system include the ability for passengers to rate movies, music and other features with a simple ‘thumbs up/down’ option. Passengers can also browse through the menus and bookmark all the movies, TV shows, CDs and Games they are interested in and put them in a ‘Saved’ area. The system also includes a live news channel. Premium Economy passengers can also plug in their own mobile devices to play music, videos, pictures and documents on the seat-back screen. Passengers in all classes will be able to plug a USB in to view their own content.