American Airlines‘ upcoming A321XLR and 787-9 aircraft will be the launch platform for the Thales AVANT Optiq displays. These 4K HDR screens, featuring Samsung QLED technology also offer Bluetooth pairing at every seat.
American Airlines has trusted Thales as an inflight entertainment supplier for more than a decade and now to equip its new A321XLR and Boeing 787-9 aircraft with the latest AVANT IFE solution… We’re truly excited to provide these solutions to American and its customers.– Yannick Assouad, Executive Vice-President Avionics, Thales
Business class passengers will enjoy 17-inch displays accompanied with a 5-inch touchscreen handset offering a true second-screen experience. Premium Economy and Economy Class will feature 13.3-inch displays and 11.6-inch displays, respectively.
American also selected Thales’ high-power charging solution. This offers passengers access to both USB type C 60-watt and AC outlets at each seat in all classes. This solution is designed to meet the growing power needs of passengers, now and in the future.
AVANT will be integrated with American’s high-speed connectivity system to provide digital services and real-time health monitoring & reporting.
The first aircraft with the new AVANT platform and Optiq displays are expected to enter service at American in 2023. That assumes Boeing catches up on 787 production and delivery and the A321XLR does not run in to any certification issues.
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