As part of the 777 cabin refresh, Emirates is introducing upgraded inflight entertainment from Panasonic in all classes, starting with its newest Boeing 777-300ER fleet.
The improvements to the ice platform mean that each in-seat screen will feature ultra-wide viewing angles, a capacitive touch screen, LED backlight and full HD display.
The new IFEC system has a lower weight, which cuts fuel burn and emissions.
- A next generation mode controller – developed in the form of a slim tablet, acts as a second screen for seat and cabin environment control and to navigate ice. It features a larger, slim form 13-inch capacitive touch screen offering Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a high definition camera, microphone and a speaker.
- Wireless Handset Control – The handset offers a full set of buttons like interactive navigation, channel, volume, flight attendant call, light, TV on/off, menu and sleep. The sleep button makes it convenient for passengers to press a single button to go to sleep mode and a second press to restore full functionality to the suite.
- Room Service Video Call – this new feature enables passengers to communicate in real time with the cabin crew using video chat functionality from the mode controller. Passengers will be able to place requests at their convenience via voice and video, and will also enjoy complete privacy with the device’s Do Not Disturb mode settings.
A number of enhancements are being introduced including:
- New 23” Smart Monitor – a new Full HD Smart Monitor with high-performance and crisp image quality offers the business class passengers a rich and entertaining experience. This is the largest monitor size in business class across Emirates fleet. It includes HDMI ports and capacitive touch screen capabilities.
In both First Class and Business Class, the following enhancements are also included:
- New High Power single USB Type-C Charging Jack – a High Power USB Type-C jack, the new standard for phone charging designed to provide passengers with access to high power charging as well as data. This is in addition to the existing high charge USB Type-A charging.
- New HD-Premium Seat Box – this performance upgrade from the existing seat technology also supports two high power charging remote jack units and noise cancelling audio jacks. These premium HD seat boxes have an almost 20 percent higher graphic performance compared to other IFE system types.
- New Slim Seat Power Module – provides high power DC voltage for USB charging with reduced weight and a thinner profile.
In Economy Class, a series of new innovations offer Emirates a 35 percent reduction in weight while offering passengers the following technologies:
- New ‘Super Eco’ Economy Monitors –Ultra-wide viewing angles, a capacitive touch screen, LED backlight and Full HD display. These new smart monitors will include high-power USB Type A and Type C, Bluetooth technology, a high-resolution camera, 3D multiplayer gaming and integrated audio connector. The monitor features a 35 percent lighter design.
- New Dual High Power Charging Ports – the Dual USB High Power jacks are designed to provide passengers with access to quick data and high power charging via USB Type-C (with both Type-A and Type-C) charging ports.
- New Slim Seat Electronic Boxes – these slim, lightweight devices are designed to provide maximum performance and passenger device power yet have zero impact on passenger living space, and reduce weight by 22 percent.
- New Slim Seat Power Module – this power source is intended to provide power for up to four seats of in-seat IFEC equipment and peripherals, with a lightweight and thinner profile unit that reduces weight. Every seat has a high charge USB charge port.
Emirates and the Boeing 777
Emirates is the largest operator of the Boeing 777 aircraft, one of the most popular and advanced wide-bodied aircraft in commercial operation today. The airline has 165 Boeing 777s in its fleet, and a further 164 on firm order, including 150 of the next generation Boeing 777x aircraft. Today, Emirates operates the Boeing 777 to over 140 cities on six continents from its hub in Dubai.