Etihad Airways will soon be able to offer its
passengers one of the world’s most comprehensive inflight
entertainment systems when it launches its new Panasonic eX2
system next month.
The new inflight entertainment incorporates a
range of up-to-the-minute features including:
• an iPOD
connector in every seat on the aircraft, for playing and
recharging iPODS, with an additional RCA connection in first and
business class making it possible to connect other portable
entertainment devices (MP3’s, DVD players etc) to the IFE system;
• an easy-to-use interactive interface in Arabic and English;
• a specially designed ‘Just for Kids’ interface for
children under 12, featuring a sub-set of all the entertainment
options that would appeal to a younger audience.
The first of five new Airbus A330-300 aircraft to offer the system
will arrive in December 2009. The Panasonic eX2 system will also
be fitted on the Etihad’s new fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft
scheduled for delivery from 2011.
Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said, “Our
customers tell us that inflight entertainment is a critical part
of their enjoyment onboard, so we looked long and hard at the
options available to make sure we selected the most modern,
user-friendly system. The Panasonic eX2 allows us the flexibility
to tailor features and provide our passengers with a more
individual inflight entertainment experience.”
Additional features available with the new Panasonic eX2 system
• 23” personal wide screen TV monitors in first
class, with the new business class offering new 15.4” wide screens
and economy class 10.6” wide screen monitor in each seat.
Over 600 hours of entertainment, including a selection of 85
movies, 114 popular TV shows and a CD library of over 450 albums.
• A premium handset in first and business class providing
short-cut keys to the various IFE options, and featuring an LED
display providing information about the media currently playing
and an update on the time to and time at destination.
• Keyword search functionality.
• An option in first class for passengers to use Etihad Room
Service by placing a telephone call to the crew from the comfort
of their suite, as well as a “Do Not Disturb" feature that posts a
message outside the suite.
• A new Do Not Disturb feature
in business class that can be activated via the E-Box IFE system.
• A games portal offering 60 games, including a selection of
3-D games. Players can create their own profiles and avatars, and
invite other passengers to join in multi-player games. The portal
displays the five most played games on each aircraft, and also
provides articles and news on games.
• A ‘My Videos’
feature where favourite movie or TV titles can be added to a play
list to make the selection process easier.
• ‘My Audio’,
which offers passengers the opportunity to create a jukebox by
selecting and storing CDs or their favourite tracks.
‘Magazine Rack’, featuring interesting articles and travel tips on
a range of popular destinations.
also be able to use the system to access a range of services and
information, including a variety of interactive maps, and downward
and forward facing cameras for viewing the passing landscape or
the view from the front of the aircraft.
In-seat telephones in all classes allow for calls to be made from
every seat to anywhere in the world at a charge of $6 per minute
using a valid credit card – or to other seats on the aircraft.
Noise cancelling headsets are available in all travel
classes, and passengers can also provide feedback on Etihad’s
services by completing surveys via the IFE system, and on flights
to Abu Dhabi, information on connecting flights and arrival
information will also be accessible.
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