Lufthansa Systems Tests BoardConnect on an A320

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– Wireless access to information and entertainment on short- and medium-haul flights

Kelsterbach, Germany | December 4, 2012 — Lufthansa German Airlines today began testing the BoardConnect in-flight entertainment system from Lufthansa Systems on an Airbus A320 stationed in Munich. The Lufthansa Systems solution, which Lufthansa offers as “my mediaworld”, will enable passengers in business and economy class on flights from Munich to 34 short- and medium-haul destinations to watch Hollywood films, read digital newspapers and look up information about their destinations. The service is available via laptop, tablet computer or smartphones which can connect to the on-board infotainment server.

Unlike conventional in-flight entertainment systems, BoardConnect does not require any complicated fixed wiring for each seat. Instead, it works with a regular WLAN based on the established standard, meaning that just a few access points need to be installed in the cabin. This makes it possible for the first time to offer passengers on short- and medium-haul aircraft such as the Airbus A320 family and the Boeing 737 an extensive range of information and entertainment. Such aircraft currently make up two thirds of the entire global fleet.

“Airlines can leverage the BoardConnect technology to distinguish themselves clearly from their competition also on shorter routes,” said Norbert Müller, Program Manager BoardConnect at Lufthansa Systems. “By offering a wide range of information and entertainment for their passengers, airlines are setting new service standards.”

Since almost no wiring is required to transmit data in the cabin, airlines can install BoardConnect during routine maintenance or night stops without the need for additional ground time. Conventional IFE systems, on the other hand, require several weeks of downtime. Consequently, installation and maintenance costs and efforts are much lower.

It enables airlines to offer a wide range of information and entertainment that can be updated quickly and easily. The solution also presents airlines with an opportunity to introduce new personalized on-board services and generate additional revenue through in-flight sales, for example.

BoardConnect received two coveted awards this year: Lufthansa Systems won the Crystal Cabin Award at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2012 in Hamburg for this innovative solution, and in September the product received the prestigious Avion Award at the Apex Expo as “Best Single Achievement in Passenger Experience (Vendor)”.

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