Embraer has added a second catalog line-fit IFEC option for the forthcoming E-Jets E2 aircraft. Alongside Panasonic Avionics (announced as a supplier in April), Meggitt Polymers & Composites and KID-Systeme have been named as joint IFEC system suppliers, with Meggitt responsible for designing and producing a high-performance radome assembly for in-flight connectivity, while KID-Systeme will provide its SKYfi Club wireless streaming platform.
“To best suit their operating environments, airlines and lessors can choose from the E2’s portfolio of in-flight entertainment and connectivity products from multiple suppliers. There are also common smart and modular provisions that accommodate future equipment installation,” stated Rodrigo Silva e Souza, VP of marketing, at Embraer Commercial Aviation. “The IFEC portfolio will include wireless streaming entertainment to personal devices or seatbacks, internet via Ka and Ku bands and air-to-ground connectivity, and real-time TV (iPTV).”
Meggitt will design, manufacture, and assemble Embraer’s installation kit, comprised of a radome, skirt seal, adapter plate and fittings. According to Embraer, one of the key benefits to this assembly is the tri-band radome capability, which will allow each aircraft to be tailored to the customer’s preferred antenna manufacturer.
“From a fledgling commercial radome program inherited as part of our advanced composites acquisitions in late 2015, I am delighted to have seen the exceptional progress to the creation of a low-risk, convenient, field-proven assembly for airframers and airlines,” said David Horner, president of Meggitt Polymers & Composites. “This award makes us an exclusive provider of our unique kit of parts to one of the most progressive aircraft manufacturers in the world, and we are challenging our industry’s market leaders.”
The SKYfi Club system streams content such as movies, e-books and magazines to passengers’ personal electronic devices, using technology based on the ALNA (Airline Network Architecture) connectivity platform, already present in over 650 aircraft. The system enables a range of additional services such as internet access and data services, and it can also be complemented by SKYpower, KID-Systeme’s in-seat power and cabin power management system.