Emirates is showcasing at the Dubai Airshow 2017 the airline’s newest Boeing 777-300ER, which features among its enhancements a new version of the “ice” platform, the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system developed by longtime partner Panasonic Avionics. The ice upgrades bring significant improvements for passengers in first, business and economy Class, according to Panasonic.
“Panasonic and Emirates have worked together for over 20 years to provide best-in-class experiences for their passengers,” said Hideo Nakano, CEO of Panasonics Avionics. “Emirates challenged us two years ago to take another huge step forward with the ice experience in all classes of service, while reducing weight by 12 percent. Together we did it.”
The IFEC system weight reduction reflects the partners’ commitment to an “ecofriendly skies vision,” Panasonic said, as it results in reduced fuel burn and emissions.
First class IFEC upgrades include a next-generation mode controller, in the form of a 13-inch touchscreen tablet; a wireless handset control with a full set of buttons for all IFEC functions; and room service video call, a new feature that enables passengers to communicate with the cabin crew via video chat and place requests at their convenience via voice and video.
Enhancements in business class include new 23-inch touchscreen smart monitors, the largest monitor in class across the Emirates fleet; new high-power single USB type-C charging jack; new HD-premium seat box, which have an almost 20 percent higher graphic performance in comparison to other IFE system types; and new slim seat power modules, which provide high-power DC voltage for USB charging. Economy class is outfitted with new “super eco” touch screen monitors with ultra-wide viewing angles; and new dual high-power charging ports, slim seat electronic boxes and slim seat power modules.
The ice enhancements will be incorporated in all the airline's new 777-300ERs, complemented by refreshed cabin appointments.