The most anticipated and wide-bodied jet of all time is the Boeing 787 and since 2004, it has taken about 859 orders. The Qatar Airways has displayed its recently received Boeing 787 Dreamliner at the Farnborough International Air show in UK.
The number of seats in a Dreamliner is 254. Boeing is offering its passengers two different types of in-flight entertainment and connectivity solutions and these are-the Panasonic eX3 and the Thales TopSeries Avant. The showcase at Air Show in UK had all the seats equipped with Thales IEFC. The Thales and Panasonic units both will have Android OS.
There are two classes- economy and business, in the Qatar Airways Boeing 787 and each one of the economy class seats has 17” touchscreen IEFC and the business class seats have the 10” touchscreen IEFC.
The IEFC units are integrated and their hardware units are stored in the seat-back unit. Each of these IEFC devices has ST Micro dual-core ARM processor, RAM storage of 1GB and a SSD of 256 GB. There is a main server which has 32×56 cores, 128 GB RAM and also 4TB of SSD storage.
These Boeing planes will have 508 ARM cores, 32 x86 cores, 383 GB of RAM and also 69 TB of solid stage storage. The Qatar Airways 787 will also have WiFi and will also have3G GSM thorough which the phone calls and the data would be bounced back off the satellite and then again back to the earth. The passengers would be able to make phone calls normally on their mobiles. By the next year, even the British Airways is going to use Thales system in its Boeing 787.
The TopSeries Avant is about 80% lighter as compared to the other IEFC connectivity solutions which use the under-seat boxes and the hard drives. Thus using Avant will help in economizing the fuel use by 0.8%.