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Turkish takes first B777 with Ku band fit

Posted 25 September 2011 · Add Comment

Turkish Airlines has become the first carrier to offer live, inflight television on Trans-Atlantic flights following the delivery this weekend of the first Boeing 777 to be factory fitted with Ku band connectivity.

Turkish also plans to activate this system on 11 additional Boeing 777-300ER and 10 Airbus A330-200 aircraft in its fleet in the near future.
 
The airline will debut Live TV and connectivity via seatback portal, a first for commercial intercontinental flights. This is made possible through the use of the PLANET IFE Platform, a Global Communication Suite System developed by Panasonic Avionics Corporation. This system will also provide wireless Wi-Fi Internet after full testing and certification.

The Live TV on intercontinental flights is a first and will feature a variety of programming including uninterrupted access to BBC World, BBC Arabic and Euronews channels with sport channels to soon be added. Seats are also equipped with in-seat power that allows charging of mobile devices as well as continuous Internet connectivity.

Via the PLANET IFE system, travelers will have full access to live text news and Miles & Smiles members will be able to view their account information enroute. Those wishing to join the programme will be able to do so online and, via a Customer Services link, passengers will be able to provide feedback on their experience with Turkish Airlines.

As far as the wifi connectivity is concerned, the new system will provide live, uninterrupted content to aircraft flying all over the world, even over oceans. Passengers will be able to go online using their mobile devices such as notebook, ipad, tablets etc. on available Turkish Airlines flights.

 

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