HAMBURG (Mar. 27, 2012) – Thomas Cook Group, one of the world's leading leisure travel companies plans to roll over its entire narrow body fleet with new Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft and has selected Rockwell Collins PAVES™ 3 in-flight entertainment (IFE) for its new fleet. The selection includes the PAVES 3 High-Definition Media Server, 12” widescreen overhead monitors, and WiFi-enabled content applications and Web pages.
The announcement was made today at the Aircraft Interiors Expo® in Hamburg, Germany.
“The customer expectation for IFE has changed and will progressively change into the future. Society’s increased information and entertainment appetite requires airlines to select innovative and flexible approaches for IFE,” said Bernd Bechtel, executive vice president of Group Fleet Management for Thomas Cook Group plc.
Bechtel added, “Rockwell Collins PAVES 3 IFE solution offers an innovative platform where our customers can view mainstream entertainment and information content overhead or via WiFi on their smart phones and tablet PCs. Rockwell Collins shares our strategic direction and this will help us to remain up-to-date with the fast development within this sector.”
“Thomas Cook Group has ‘future-proofed’ its new family of aircraft with its PAVES 3 core component selection,” said Dave Austin, vice president and general manager, Cabin Systems for Rockwell Collins. “That’s the beauty of PAVES 3’s versatility − airlines can choose IFE configurations that meet their needs now, and know they are on a unique path for future upgrades and additions.”
Rockwell Collins PAVES 3 is the only single-aisle digital IFE system to offer customizable cabin configurations. Airlines can select from a variety of overhead and in-seat monitor combinations throughout the aircraft. The HD on-demand, in-seat solution maximizes passenger and operator satisfaction with a vast range of innovative features powered by a robust operating system.
The PAVES 3 system builds upon Rockwell Collins’ industry-leading PAVES and dPAVES systems, which are installed on more than 2,000 aircraft, and includes dramatic reductions in size, weight and power consumption. The system is available as a forward fit option or can be installed as an upgrade to existing PAVES and dPAVES systems to bring in-seat capabilities to those aircraft.
About Thomas Cook Group plc
Thomas Cook Group plc is one of the world's leading leisure travel groups with sales of £9.8 billion and 23.6 million customers. Thomas Cook operates under six geographical segments in 22 countries, and is number one or two in all its core markets. Its business is supported by 31,000 employees and a fleet of 92 aircraft. Thomas Cook Group plc's shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange (TCG).
About Rockwell Collins
Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management, and simulation and training is delivered by 20,000 employees, and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries. To find out more, please visit www.rockwellcollins.com.