JAL B787s flying with Thales Avant IFE


Japan Airlines’ new B787-8, which entered into revenue service on December 1, has been equipped with the Thales Avant Android-based in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. With this fitment, Japan Airlines (JAL) has become the first carrier in Asia to fly the Avant system on a B787 aircraft.

The JAL Sky Suite IFE experience on the B787 includes a selection of on-demand entertainment, 3D maps, the JAL Shop, and Sky Manga animated entertainment.

The business-class cabin features 23in high-definition displays and on the Touch Passenger Media Unit handset, which can be used as a control device or second screen. Meanwhile, passengers in premium economy and economy will access their entertainment through 12 and 10in displays, all with AC power and USB ports.

JAL has 15 line-fit B787s on order, all featuring Avant IFE. In addition to the B787, Thales systems are flying on JAL’s B767 and B777 aircraft, on both domestic and international routes.

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