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Successful proof-of-concept with IFE&C equipment

11th September 2019
Alex Lynn

Kontron has announced that it has signed a new contract to supply integrated In-flight Entertainment & Connectivity (IFE&C) equipment to a major Europe airline specialising in leisure and charter travel. The initial phase of this fleet-wide deployment calls for systems to be installed on the airlines' 100+ Boeing aircraft in time for the company's busy 2020 spring and summer schedule.

Specifically, Kontron is providing flight hardware for open-architecture IFE and IFE&C systems, including the company's ACE Flight(TM) 4608 high-performance avionics server, Cab-n-Connect(TM) A100 Cabin Wireless Access Point (CWAP) and ACE Flight(TM) Removable Storage Drives (RSSDs) following a successful proof-of-concept that took place in 2019.

Kontron systems give the airline the platforms necessary to deliver wireless IFE and streaming video-on-demand, TV, games and additional entertainment choices with the ability to add additional services and applications to enhance the customer experience.

"Based on our history of successful deployments, Kontron has earned its position as the number one supplier of open-architecture systems and LRUs for the global IFE&C market," said Andy Mason, General Manager of Global Avionics at Kontron America. "We anticipate fast growth for this leisure market segment across EMEA, which includes large aircraft fleets that are not yet WiFi or connectivity-enabled."

"This new program could not have been accomplished without the close working relationship we've established with the airline. I commend the project teams' success in ensuring the proof-of-concept installation, deployment and operation was trouble-free," said Jon Moseley, Head of Avionics Business Development for EMEA at Kontron Europe. "As airline customers increasingly demand additional services such as wireless IFE and inflight connectivity, we are seeing more commercial carriers accelerate their roll-out plans."

Kontron will showcase its entire line of rugged, open-architecture hardware platforms, software and services for IFE and IFE&C systems at the APEX Expo, September 9th to 12th, 2019 in Los Angeles, booth #1647.

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