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Virgin Nigeria receives first Thales-equipped Embraer

7th November 2008 - 17:59 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Embraer 190 recently delivered to long-haul and regional carrier Virgin Nigeria is fitted with Thales’ i-4500 lightweight audio/video-on-demand IFE system. The airline has ordered a total of three E190s and seven smaller E170s.  

The seatboxless system provides an 8.9in touchscreen at each of 12 first-class and 84 economy seats. Content on offer includes two Hollywood and two Nigerian
Films; video programmes from Nigeria, the UK, USA and French-speaking countries;
and five audio channels.

This is the latest application of i-4500, which was developed originally for Air Canada’s Bombardier and Embraer regional jets and since adopted for the carrier’s larger types.

Other airlines to have selected the system include Icelandair, which is putting it into 19 Boeing 757s. Indian start-up Star Aviation says it will offer in-seat IFE aboard seven recently ordered Embraer 170s. The aircraft will be configured with a single cabin containing 76 seats, each with its own screen. The IFE hardware supplier has not been named, but i-4500 fits the bill better than any other system on the market.

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