Garuda Indonesia equips 14 A330neo aircraft with Thales AVANT IFE. Thales and Garuda announce their partnership at the Singapore Airshow; The agreement is a first for both industry leaders.
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Passengers of Garuda Indonesia, the country's flag carrier, can look forward to an all new and enhanced passenger experience with Thales AVANT IFE System on board the carrier's 14 A330neo aircraft. Garuda's choice of Thales' IFE system will help drive the airline's strategic positioning to attract more passengers as Indonesia expects to see a double-digit increase in passenger growth this year.
At a ceremony held at the Singapore Airshow, Thales and Garuda announced their partnership to equip their new Airbus A330neo with the AVANT IFE system featuring powerful new lightweight High Definition (HD) monitors. Business class passengers will also enjoy the Avii touchscreen handsets, the most advanced android-based smartphone-like controller in the sky.
The agreement is a first for Thales and Garuda Indonesia and paves the way for both industry leaders to collaborate and deliver ground-breaking innovations to the aviation sector.
"We are excited to partner with Garuda Indonesia, the world class airline rich in service culture. As the carrier evolves digitally and implements the latest technologies to enhance the travel experience for passengers, Thales is pleased to work with Garuda and help accelerate their digital journey by delivering state-of-the art in-flight entertainment," said Erik-Jan Raatgerink, Country Director, Thales in Indonesia.
The new IFE system is based on an open Android platform, and will support multiple languages and host applications such as Interactive 3D Map, e-reader and more. The Avii handset, available for business class passengers, is a second-screen application platform that enables passengers to select, control and enhance their multimedia experience. Garuda Indonesia expects to take delivery of the A330neos in 2019.