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First Android-powered in-flight entertainment system launches

Passengers can use Android apps on seat screens to play games, watch movies and listen to music.
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Forget about the mile high club - you'll soon be able to play Android-powered games and order snacks using a touch-screen while flying.

Norwegian and Panasonic Avionics Corporation have joined forces to develop the first ever Android-powered in-flight entertainment system.

Norwegian’s passengers will be able to use select Android apps that are pre-loaded onto the system, including games, music and movie apps. Passengers can also use the Android system to purchase snacks and drinks using a touch-screen installed into the seat in front.

The system will be fitted on Norwegian’s new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners that will be operated on routes between Scandinavia and the US and Asia.

“We’re constantly looking at new ways technology can enhance our passengers’ experience and believe that the edginess of the universe offered by Panasonic fits Norwegian very well,” said Norwegian's Head of Business Development Boris Bubresko.

Paul Margis, President and Chief Executive Officer for Panasonic Avionics, added: “Panasonic is passionate about bringing the latest technology to the onboard experience, and are proud to deliver the first in-flight entertainment system that is powered by Android.

"This open platform architecture facilitates faster, easier, application development, integration, and deployment, enabling Norwegian to engage passengers in an even more amazing entertainment experience while creating new revenue streams.”

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