Saudi Arabian Airlines has selected Thales TopSeries i5000 In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system for its twenty-two Boeing B777-200 aircraft.



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The system is a comprehensive package including on-demand movies, music and games. Seat hardware includes a laptop power connector, USB port and RCA jack which enable passengers to view content from their personal digital electronic devices through the TopSeries i5000 system. Widescreen displays are installed at every seat and range in size from 8.9" to 15.4" in diameter. The TopSeries i5000 system will be retrofitted onto all the twenty-two Boeing B777 aircraft with the first revenue flight scheduled for June 2008.
"Our B777 fleet required an IFE upgrade and after complete evaluation of the different system platforms and services, our airline felt that Thales was the right choice. We anticipate that the TopSeries will deliver an entertainment experience our passengers will completely enjoy," said His Excellency Engr. Khaled Al-Molhem, Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines.

"Thales is delighted to have Saudi Arabian Airlines as a world class customer and we look forward to supporting their fleet for the long-term," said Alan Pellegrini, Vice President and General Manager of Thales' In-flight Entertainment business. "Thales has a growing presence in the Middle East and brings to the region true advancement in IFE. "

Saudi Arabian Airlines has selected the Thales TopSeries i5000 IFE system to be retrofitted on its B777-200 fleet just to bring its B777 fleet to the latest technology with Wide screen 16:9 aspect ratio monitors of 15.4" for the First Class, 12.1" for the Business Class and 8.9" Touch Screen for the Economy class. The airline has selected to remove the existing system and replace it by the interactive Moving Map "built-in" option provided by Thales IFE system. Also, the airline has selected to install 47" LCD Monitors in place of the existing Overhead Projectors. Furthermore, the airline has selected to install the Aeromobile System to enable passengers to use their own mobile phones onboard flights.



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