Qatar Airways selects Thales Inflight Entertainment Systems for its Airbus Single Aisle aircraft


Paris Air Show, 16 June, 2009 – Thales, a leader in inflight entertainment systems,
is pleased to announce that Qatar Airways has selected the Thales TopSeries
system for its fleet of 30 Airbus single aisle aircraft. The airline will provide its
passengers a comprehensive audio and video on-demand entertainment and
information experience in all classes of service with first aircraft delivery scheduled
for November 2009.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Office Akbar Al Baker said the new system would give
passengers unprecedented entertainment options on its narrow body fleet. “Seatback
screens and audio video on demand are new to our single aisle fleet and we
wanted to be ensure that our IFE offering was of the highest standards, Qatar
Airways believes the Thales system offers the product features and reliability our
passengers and crews will appreciate. We look forward to offering our customers
compelling entertainment system.”.

Retrofit and line-fit installations are part of the program requirement, and the airline
has included the option for an additional 10 aircraft. “We are very pleased to be
working with Qatar Airways and share their vision to provide passengers a wide
range of entertainment choice,” said Alan Pellegrini, Vice President and General
Manager of Thales’ Inflight Entertainment Systems business. Thales continues to
grow its presence in the Middle East with now over 200 aircraft in the region
committed to flying with the TopSeries system.

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