Norwegian and Panasonic Avionics Corporation have joined forces to develop the first ever Android powered in-flight entertainment system.
Norwegian’s passengers will be able to use select Android apps that are pre-loaded onto the system, providing an in-flight experience similar to the on-the-ground experience travellers have become accustomed to with their personal devices.
“We’re constantly looking at new ways technology can enhance our passengers’ experience and believe that the edginess of the universe offered by Panasonic fits Norwegian very well,” said Norwegian head of business development Boris Bubresko.
Norwegian’s Android-powered in-flight entertainment system is a result of an 18-month joint development between Norwegian and Panasonic Avionics.
Android interactive allows passengers to navigate and select movies, music, and Android games, as well as purchase snacks and drinks, just as they would on their personal device, directly from a touch screen installed in the seats.
The system will be fitted on Norwegian’s new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners that will be operated on routes between Scandinavia and the US and Asia.
Paul Margis, president, Panasonic Avionics, said: “Panasonic is passionate about bringing the latest technology to the onboard experience, and are proud to deliver the first in-flight entertainment system that is powered by Android.
“This open platform architecture facilitates faster, easier, application development, integration, and deployment, enabling Norwegian to engage passengers in an even more amazing entertainment experience while creating new revenue streams.”