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Ethiopian Airlines Picks Thales’ AVANT Up IFE for A350s

Ethiopian Airlines Group has announced its selection of the Thales AVANT Up in-flight entertainment for its Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.

Ethiopian Airlines and Thales at contract signing ceremony (Pictured above left to right: ​ Mesfin Tasew: Group Chief Executive Officer – Ethiopian Airlines Group, Retta Melaku: COO – Ethiopian Airlines, Mathieu Franco: Senior Account Manager - Thales Thales InFlyt Experience, Bruno Guinamand: Regional Vice President - Thales InFlyt Experience)
Ethiopian Airlines and Thales at the contract signing ceremony (Pictured above left to right: ​ Mesfin Tasew: Group Chief Executive Officer – Ethiopian Airlines Group, Retta Melaku: COO – Ethiopian Airlines, Mathieu Franco: Senior Account Manager – Thales Thales InFlyt Experience, Bruno Guinamand: Regional Vice President – Thales InFlyt Experience)

Egyptair Elevates In-Flight Entertainment

Ethiopian takes its passengers’ experience to new heights with the latest technology in inflight entertainment systems from Thales Inflyt Experience. With a new user-friendly interface, passengers can enjoy various digital services. They include interactive maps, shopping options, and convenient meal and beverage selections.

Thales’ AVANT Up introduces the latest OPTIQ 4k QLED HDR displays, enhancing the in-flight experience. This advanced entertainment system offers two Bluetooth connections and built-in Wi-Fi, allowing passengers to connect multiple devices. Moreover, the OPTIQ display has in-screen USB-A and USB-C charging ports. They provide up to 70 watts of power for charging ear pods, phones, tablets, or laptops during the flight.

Bruno GUINAMAND, Regional Vice President, Thales Inflyt Experience, said: “Ethiopian has trusted Thales as an inflight entertainment supplier for more than a decade and now to equip its new A350-1000 aircraft with the latest AVANT Up IFE solution. Thales’ AVANT Up brings to Ethiopian the latest consumer technologies and capabilities to the aircraft. Combining our Optiq 4K QLED HDR displays, award-winning dynamic power, and next generation digital services will bring exceptional experiences to Ethiopian’s passengers.”

Reiterating Ethiopian Airlines’ commitment to continuously enhance customers’ onboard experience, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew said: “As we endeavor to maintain our position as Africa’s number one and among the leading global airlines, we know one of the key success factors is giving our passengers the best possible onboard experience. We are delighted to introduce the AVANT Up in-flight entertainment solution for our upcoming Airbus A350-1000 aircraft where passengers will enjoy the finest immersive and cinematic experience. The system provides several unique features ​ enabling ​ passengers to be entertained throughout the flight and arrive at their destination relaxed.” ​

Ethiopian Airlines is the largest airline in Africa and a rapidly growing global airline brand. It is a recipient of numerous awards and remains committed to investing in cutting-edge technology to enhance passengers’ onboard experience. The first Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350-1000 aircraft is slated for delivery in the third quarter of 2024.

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