LAN performs first onboard wireless entertainment test on flights within South America
Santiago, August 7th – Today, LAN Airlines held its first test of a new wireless onboard entertainment system, called in-wireless, for flights within South America. This is the latest step in raising the standards of onboard entertainment as LAN begins to evaluate wireless IFE technology with the purpose of including it on its fleet within South America in the coming years.
The first demonstration of the system was carried out in an Airbus A320 aircraft on a fight between Santiago, Chile -Mendoza, Argentina. There were close to 160 passengers on board who followed simple instructions to access the in wireless platform, and had the opportunity to test the new system on multiple devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops.
The content of this new platform included a selection of the 8 most popular films of 2012, 2 full seasons of TV series (Mad Men and The Big Bang Theory), 26 TV channels, more than 100 music CDs (adding 5 each month), 3 newspapers in digital format, the Lonely Planet destination guide and the route map.
"We have found that passengers on short flights are looking to access entertainment and content on their own devices. The new in wireless platform provides passengers with access to our IFE in a more convenient manner. In addition, it allows us to reach the largest number of devices and to improve the experiences of passengers flying within LAN in South America.” said Paula Duran Senior Manager In Flight Entertainment and On Board Media LATAM Airlines Group.
The system, called Thales TopSeries AVA, will be tested for six months on one of the LAN aircraft operatintg routes within South America. To ensure correct operation of the system, LAN has been working with the inflight entertainment system manufacturer, Thales, since mid-2012, developing the system and conducting multiple tests.