January 11 2013  |  Inflight Entertainment

EVA AIR making upgrades in advance of joining Star Alliance

By Maryann Simson

 

Taiwanese airline EVA AIR, has upgraded its business-class cabin to include lie-flat seats and is working towards offering inflight Wi-Fi as it prepares to join the Start Alliance later this year, says a recent feature at siliconbeat.com .

EVA’s new 38-seat business class cabin is configured in a way that allows passengers near windows to gaze outside without turning their heads, says the report which also states that each seat comes with panels that allow passengers to create private spaces and is equipped with 15.4-inch touch screens.The $100 million upgrade to front-of-the plane cabins on the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER fleet  will be called Royal Laurel Class.

EVA is also remodeling one of its three lounges at home base Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei and plans to provide in-flight mobile and WiFi communications on some flights in 2014 after receiving approval from Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration earlier this year.

EVA ordered a total of seven Boeing 777-300ERs in May 2012. The airline will equip them with the latest Panasonic eX3 inflight entertainment system and a GCS (Global Communications Suite), and will be the first in the aviation industry to combine both technologies on Boeing 777-300ERs during the assembly process.

EVA is the first airline in Taiwan to secure approval for its passengers to make mobile phone calls and use WiFi inflight. 

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