May 2 2019  |  Connectivity & Satellites

Thales tapped for Gulf Air's 787-9 and A321neo-E

By PAX International

Gulf Air's Dreamliners will feature Thales' connectivity platform

Last week, Thales announced its Ka-band connectivity solution has been selected for Gulf Air's 787-9 and A321neo-E aircraft.

In 2016, the airline selected the AVANT inflight entertainment system for its complete fleet renewal program. AVANT offers a highly customizable passenger experience with Full High Definition displays and a wide selection of features and applications.

Thales’ Ka-band connectivity solution leverages the INMARSAT Global Xpress satellite network. It is designed as a robust, modular and full-feature platform with reliable, seamless high-speed global coverage.

Philippe Carette, Chief Executive Officer of Thales InFlyt Experience, said: “Thales is proud to be a long-term partner with Gulf Air in their goal of excellence in passenger experience. It is an honor to equip Bahrain’s national carrier with our connectivity solution and the AVANT high-performing IFE system on board their newest aircraft. Thales is committed to support Gulf Air in driving innovations and the highest standards in passenger engagement.”

Krešimir Kučko, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Air, also commented: “We are proud to announce our partnership with Thales once again for the onboard connectivity project. Back in 2016 we selected AVANT IFE system for our yet-to-receive orders of new aircraft and today we complement this partnership with Thales for another product – all to elevate the customer experience during the flight."

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