Qatar Airways first to offer 100% touch-free IFE

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Qatar Airways is soon to become the first global airline to offer passengers ‘Zero-Touch’ technology for its Oryx One in-flight entertainment (IFE) system across its Airbus A350 fleet as part of the airline’s latest Covid-19 safety measures.

The Zero-Touch technology, introduced as part of the Thales Avant IFE system, will enable passengers to pair their personal electronic devices (PEDs) with their seatback IFE screen by connecting to ‘Oryxcomms’ wi-fi and scanning a QR code displayed on the screen. Once connected they can then use their PEDs to navigate more than 4,000 IFE content options, while limiting the frequency of surface contact with the IFE display.

Qatar Airways is also set to become the first airline in Europe and the Middle East and North Africa region to offer passengers in business and economy class the option to pair their personal Bluetooth headphones with the onboard seatback IFE system in all cabins on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet.

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