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Virgin Atlantic launches revolutionary entertainment

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Virgin Atlantic’s recent partnership with Panasonic Avionics Corporation, has opened up a new world of entertainment onboard Virgin Atlantic’s A330 fleet of aircraft. The result of this exciting deal with Panasonic Avionics Corporation has led to the recent launch of the award-winning and revolutionary eX2 in-flight entertainment system and eXPhone communications onboard the A330 aircraft, with Virgin Atlantic being the first UK long-haul airline to provide this service across its leisure fleet.

Being the “the easiest and most intuitive touchscreen system in the air”, the eX2 in-flight entertainment system will allow passengers to follow the map on handset, as well as scroll and swipe through over 300 hours of movies, award-winning TV shows, music and games quickly and easily. As well as being able to download movies and music, passengers will also be able to rate them using a simple thumbs up/thumbs down with the results displayed on board to other passengers. Passengers will also be able to view interviews with the cast and directors and read comment and critique from leading film critics. Additional features also include the ability to bookmark and save content, allowing passengers to create a “playlist” for the flight. Passengers can also access travel tips as well as live news updates.

Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic, stated “the system is simple and intuitive for passengers to use with around 300 hours of entertainment at their fingertips – quite literally using the latest touchscreen technology. We are confident that even our more technophobic passengers will find it easy to use. It is packed with blockbuster movies and award-winning TV shows along with a wide choice of music for all tastes and games so the time onboard will literally fly by”.

Further delights include passengers in all classes being able to plug in their own USB to view content on their individual seat-back screen and furthermore in Premium Economy and Upper Class, mobile devices can also be plugged-in to access music, videos, pictures and documents. Later this year, passengers travelling on the A330 can look forward to sending and receiving emails and texts on their own mobile devices.

Steve Ridgway further commented; “Virgin Atlantic has a well-deserved reputation for leading the way in in-flight entertainment and technology – we were the first airline to offer individual seat-back TVs for all passengers almost twenty years ago – and I have no doubt this system will again set new standards that our competitors will seek to follow".

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