Thales TopSeries for nine Wataniya A320s
Thales has announced that it is to supply a total of nine shipsets of its TopSeries IFE system to new Kuwaiti premium carrier Wataniya Airways.
The airline currently has a single leased Airbus A320 in service, with three more due to arrive this year, a further three in 2010 and up five more beyond that.
The Wataniya A320s are fitted with 122 seats divided between first-class and premium economy cabins. Thales’ TopSeries i-4000 AVOD system serves 10.6in screens in the 26 first-class seats. Also offered in every seat is laptop power from Airbus KID-Systeme and ports allowing passengers to plug in their own iPods and other MP3 devices and play the content on the screen.
In the 96 premium economy seats Thales’ i-2000 broadcast system delivers six channels of audio to each seat and video to overhead dropdown screens. The channel selector is the same as the unit designed for the Boeing 787 and flew for the first time with Wataniya. There are two laptop power sockets for every three seats.
Completing the IFE/connectivity line-up is OnAir’s text messaging and email capability for passenger mobile devices. Wataniya was the first airline to offer OnAir on a full commercial basis.