HNA Group has selected Thales to install its IFE on 59 new aircraft belonging to various airlines in the group.
The agreement mean that Thales will equip 42 A330 and 17 A350 XWB aircraft with its AVANT IFE solution.
The new aircraft will be equipped with the latest AVANT full high-definition monitors featuring the Avii Touch Passenger Media Unit. Avii provides intuitive navigation and acts as a second entertainment screen.
AVANT IFE and Ka-band connectivity will be fully integrated on the aircraft.
The first A350 aircraft equipped with AVANT is expected to enter service by the third quarter of this year.
Dominique Giannoni, CEO, Thales InFlyt Experience:
“We are proud of our long-term successful relationship with HNA Group. The selection of Thales AVANT IFE and connectivity solutions is a testimony to our continued investment in the region. We look forward to partnering with HNA Group to develop innovative solutions that enrich the passenger experience.”
HNA group manages several subsidiary airlines, including Hainan airlines, Capital Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, Lucky Air and West Air. The subsidiary airlines of HNA group already have a combined fleet of over 50 A330 aircraft flying with Thales IFE systems.
N.B. Image credit: Hainan Airlines