Momentum for RAVE™ Grows as Air Niugini Becomes the Next Airline to Join the RAVEOLUTION

Dépèche transmise le 28 mars 2012 par Business Wire

HAMBURG, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The RAVEOLUTION has reached all the way to New Guinea as Air Niugini with support from Icelandair Technical Services has become the latest airline to select The IMS Company’s RAVE™ “seat-centric” inflight entertainment system for installation on its B767 long-haul fleet. The aircraft integration and FAA certification of the RAVE™ system will be accomplished by Icelandair Technical Services, with the first installation scheduled to commence in Spring 2013.

“Our existing relationship with Icelandair Technical Services made this program possible and we look forward to introducing this new product to our customers.”

Air Niugini brings the total number of airlines to choose RAVE to nine and adds their 767 fleet to the nearly 150 aircraft that are currently on order.

“The RAVE system provides us a high level of technology combined with lower weight and more customer convenience,” explains Wasantha Kumarasiri, CEO of Air Niugini. “Our existing relationship with Icelandair Technical Services made this program possible and we look forward to introducing this new product to our customers.”

Air Niugini cited several reasons why they chose RAVE; among them the innovative design approach providing increased reliability, lower weight and a significantly lower cost of ownership. Of particular note is that Air Niugini is the eighth airline to choose the RAVE standard GUI. IMS has brought a fresh approach to the passenger interface and have been successful in providing airlines like Air Niugini a way to uniquely “brand” the GUI while providing them the advantages of mature software that has been “flight tested” by the larger RAVE customer base.

“The GUI provides a diverse passenger base with a familiar and intuitive way to interact with RAVE,” says Harry Gray, VP of Sales and Marketing for IMS. “Our standard approach allows us to offer a growing list of features to our current and future customers at a fraction of the cost and in less time than traditional IFE systems,” says IMS CTO, Steve Hawkins.

RAVE’s new concept in IFE goes beyond simply providing a seat centric architecture; IMS also brings an innovative approach to software development which lowers cost, reduces development times and helps ensure successful product launches.

The airlines’ acceptance of the RAVE™ vision gives The IMS Company an opportunity to show why they are an innovation leader with 16 years of experience in the IFE industry.

About The IMS Company: Founded in 1996, The IMS Company is an entertainment and communications solutions provider in the travel industry, and a systems and software solutions provider to the air transport, aerospace and government markets.

IMS Entertainment provides commercial airlines with embedded and portable entertainment systems, wireless communications solutions, and content management services.

IMS Engineering provides engineering services, software development, information architecture, workflow and cloud computing.

IMS Flight Deck produces Electronic Flight Bags and associated software applications for use on commercial and regional aircraft, and by individual pilots.

In 2007, 2008 and 2009, The IMS Company was named among the fastest-growing privately-held companies in technology-heavy Orange County, California by the Orange County Business Journal.

IMS Press Contact: Harry Gray, vice president sales & marketing hgray@imsco-us.com. During the Expo, please see us in Hall B6, at Booth 6B15.

About Air Niugini: Operating out of Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby, Air Niugini is the national airline of Papua New Guinea. Along with multiple domestic flights, Air Niugini also offers international destinations to Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, Fiji and Solomon Island. With its recent purchase of three (3) Q400s, Air Niugini looks to continue to grow its fleet to better support its increasing customer base.

About Icelandair Technical Services: Icelandair Technical Services makes up the technical expertise of the Icelandair Group by providing high-quality aircraft maintenance and engineering services. Icelandair Technical Services is also a Maintenance and Repair Organization able to support multiple aircraft types either at their base in Keflavik, Iceland or remotely throughout the world. Icelandair Technical Services provides its customer a unique value proposition by possessing the ability to obtain either FAA or EASA Supplemental Type Certificates.

Icelandair Technical Services Press Contact: Bragi Baldursson, Head of Design, bragib@its.is

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