Air Canada Selects Thales IFE Systems Fleetwide
In what is being billed as the biggest such deal in airline history, Air Canada has picked Thales as its supplier-of-choice for in-flight entertainment systems across its fleet of 241 airplanes. The Thales IFE system, called TopFlight i-4500, will be fitted in Airbus, Boeing, Embraer and Bombardier models flown by the airline. The Thales system is notable in that it removes current electronics that must be installed beneath passenger seats, thereby enabling Thales to install TopSeries in aircraft of all sizes, even regional airliners, which traditionally have not had IFE capability. Thales says the overall weight of TopSeries is greatly reduced compared with previous systems as well.