April 17 2013  |  Inflight Entertainment

Turkish Airlines to outfit two A330’s with Lumexis IFE system

By Maryann Simson

Turkish Airlines has selected Lumexis Corporation's Fiber-To-The-Screen® (FTTS) fiber optic IFEC system for installation into two of its existing A330 fleet aircraft.

Dr. Temel Kotil, President and Chief Executive of Turkish Airlines, explained that his airline seeks to offer an unequalled, highest quality passenger experience in all its cabins. "Whether cuisine, seat comfort or in-flight entertainment, we are always striving to improve every element of our cabin and service. We had heard good things about the Lumexis system, regarding not only its unique ability to reliably provide every passenger his or her own in-seat HD movie, but as importantly, its ultra-light installed weight. So when these two aircraft became available on very short notice, it offered us an opportunity to evaluate the system performance while at the same time verifying promised weight savings and reduced fuel burn."

Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is today has a fleet of 215 aircraft (passenger and cargo) flying to 221 cities around the world. The airline is one of today’s fastest growing. It has won many passenger-voted awards for quality and service in recent years and has also increased efforts to reduce emissions.

"Dr. Kotil and his entire organization are strongly committed to protecting the environment" commented Douglas Cline, Lumexis CEO. "By reducing the installed weight of existing, legacy IFEC on these aircraft by more than a full metric ton, Turkish Airlines will reduce fuel burned into the atmosphere by approximately 50,000 U.S. gallons per aircraft per year. The Lumexis team is honored by the opportunity to join Turkish Airlines in not only creating a superior entertainment experience for its passengers, but also to support its efforts to significantly reduce hydrocarbon emissions from its aircraft."

In more recent news from Lumexis, the firm announced April 15 the appointment of three highly experienced directors to its board: Travis Christ, former V.P. of Marketing, Sales and Distribution at U S Airways, and most recently, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer for Row 44; Anjali V. Jolly, Managing Director of Perseus L.L.C., specializing in middle-market growth equity and venture capital investments; and Mark Moran, former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Continental Airlines. These seasoned leaders are expected to contribute substantial airline and financial industry expertise to support Lumexis’ future growth.



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