Dubai Air Show

Air Arabia tests ‘dPAVES’ IFE on its A320s

 - November 13, 2011, 11:48 AM

Air Arabia has selected the Rockwell Collins dPAVES in-flight entertainment (IFE) system for 44 Airbus A320 aircraft, becoming the first airline in the Middle East to order the system.

dPAVES, now in its second generation, centers on a high-definition media server with 160 gigabytes of solid-state digital audio and video storage capacity. It has integrated prerecorded announcements and music (PRAM) functionality and embedded Airshow moving map. The system allows users to handle updates themselves via the Rockwell Collins Content Services Group.

The PAVES family of IFE systems is installed on more than 1,600 single-aisle commercial aircraft.

Here at the Dubai Air Show the company is displaying a wide range of its product capabilities on its stand (E350), including the PAVES 3 IFE system, which offers customizable cabin configurations for single-aisle aircraft.

Rockwell Collins is also displaying the latest iteration of its Pro Line Fusion, the company’s flagship integrated avionics system, used on many commercial aircraft and also to be fitted to the KC-390 military tanker-transport. The latest Pro Line Fusion is particularly aimed at turboprop and light jet applications, featuring touch-screen primary flight displays and head-up synthetic vision.

“The Middle East is a key growth market for Rockwell Collins on both the commercial and government sides of our business,” said Claude Auber, vice president and managing director EMEA. The company recently established a regional headquarters in Dubai, and has opened a UAE office in Abu Dhabi.