DIGITAL digEcor finds a customer for its GLIDE tape replacement solution with Turkish airline Corendon
nflight entertainment and peripherals provider digEcor announced in late January that Corendon Airlines will upgrade its tapebased inflight entertainment with the a device from the company’s GLIDE system, to enhance the inflight entertainment experience for its passengers. The airline has placed a firm order with digEcor to upgrade their current legacy tape-based IFE system to digital with the GLIDE Tape Replacement Solution for six 737-800 aircraft, with a possibility of a further order taking the potential purchase to 12 aircraft. Corendon Airlines is a leisure passenger carrier headquartered in Antalya, Turkey. Their current fleet is composed of 14 737s aircraft; 11 737-800 and three of which serve Corendon Dutch Airlines. The solution will provide Corendon with the head-end device of the GLIDE embedded IFE system, the Cabin Management Terminal (CMT), a single touchscreen LRU that replaces the entire Video Control Centre (VCC), the Pre-Recorded Announcement System (PRAM), Public Address (PA), Boarding Music function (BDM) and a Moving Map. With no changes to wiring or monitors, the system essentially is installed as a plug and play solution, said digEcor. “The benefits of this solution for Corendon airlines are many,” said Paul Thorpe, Vice President Global Sales at digEcor in the January 23 announcement. “The airline is purchasing a simplified installation that solves existing obsolescence issues and provides their passengers with many of the features of a typical overhead IFE system in one unit with broader content choice,
digEcor’s cabin management terminal will be galley mounted on Corendon Airlines’ aircraft
digital sound and enhanced viewing quality. We are delighted to welcome Corendon into the digEcor family.” For cabin crew the interface is simple and easy to use, and can be scripted by city, is customizable to airline branding and incorporates all PRAM, BDM, IFE and cabin lighting functions if the airline chooses to extend the functionality. The CMT also has the option to allow external video sources to be connected as well, enabling close to real time screening for sports events or sponsorship and partner opportunities. Previous customers for the digEcor Glide IFE system were ATI in the United States and EuroAtlantic Airways in Portugal. The replacement system weighs slightly less than two kilograms in a typical installation. Usually located on a gal-
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ley wall, it frees up passenger and crew galley space and helps to standardize cabin configurations so crew have a common location and operations procedure. The cabin management component connects to aircraft 28-Volt DC power and draws less than 1 amp, so no additional power boxes are required. The system installs in two overnight maintenance windows, so there is no need for a C check and no additional aircraft downtime. Corendon Airlines, is part of the of the Corendon Tourism Group. Together with its sister company, Corendon Dutch Airlines, the group has a fleet 17 aircraft and transports approximately two million passengers per year. Corendon Tourism Group It also operates Corendon Hotels and Resorts is a hotel chain with nine hotels.