Virgin introduces A330 to Manchester with touch screen IFE

Virgin introduces A330 to Manchester with touch screen IFE

Virgin Atlantic introduced its new A330 aircraft to its Manchester-Orlando route on Saturday. The plane delivery is one of 10 that the airline will receive over the next two years and it is set to feature a range of technological advances. These include touch screen systems that mimic a tablet style of entertainment. As part of the service, passengers will be able to rate what they are watching and bookmark films, television shows, music or games for later. There will also be an ability to view destination tips from travellers and Sky News updates (including radio and sports). Passengers will be able to view two things at once (such as watch a film and view the moving map) and have the option of plugging in mobile devices through USB to see their own content. Then later this year, Virgin Atlantic’s A330 passengers will be able to send and receive emails and texts on Blackberries, PDAs and other mobile devices. “Virgin Atlantic has always led the industry in inflight entertainment and technology – we were the first airline to provide all passengers with seat back television screens nearly twenty years ago and have since then been the first British airline to introduce texting and emailing facilities onboard,” said Dee Cooper, director of product and service for Virgin Atlantic. “The new system Jam is simple and fun to use and is more like a tablet touchscreen entertainment screen.”

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