Emirates has upgraded the hardware on its new Boeing 777 fleet to bigger, digitally-enhanced screens for its inflight entertainment system ice (Information, Communication and Entertainment).
Passengers will now be able to enjoy wider personal TV screens: 27-inch in First Class, 20-inch in Business Class and 12.1 inch in Economy Class - an increase from the 10.9 inch screen, making the latter the biggest in the world.
Additionally, Emirates' new screens feature high definition (HD) resolution, developed by Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), making it one of the world's first commercial airlines to install such technology.
The new hardware will complement Emirates new, enhanced Graphical User Interface (GUI), developed by Panasonic and Emirates, which was recently launched and designed specifically to make content and system features easier to navigate.
The GUI, which is unique to Emirates, includes the ability to move around the entertainment system by "swiping" or "scrolling", just like a consumer tablet device and discovering the vast library of media and entertainment that is available on Emirates, send SMS and email messages, explore the moving map application, watch the in-flight landscape cameras, and access live text news.
The enhanced screens and GUI will be introduced on all new Boeing 777 joining the Emirates fleet and subsequently over the next year on Emirates' A380 aircraft. The system will be available in all classes of service, an Emirates standard.
"Emirates' goal is to ensure maximum comfort and choice for passengers during their in-flight entertainment, communications and inflight experience," said Adel Al Redha, Emirates executive vice president operations and engineering. "In this, like other areas of its operation, Emirates seeks to lead the industry; enabling our customers to get the very most out of their Emirates journey."