The first 787-8 destined for Qatar Airways debuted at the 2012 Farnborough International Air Show is gearing up for delivery later next month.
IFE supplier Thales has been kind enough to provide some detailed background to this site.
I had spoken with a Qatar Airways cabin crew member at the air show, who advised that the IFE was not, at that time, configured for the airline to demonstrate its suite of technologically advanced capabilities.
Thales has given some clarity to us today with this statement:
“The Qatar cabin attendant was correct regarding Farnborough; When the Qatar B787 debuted at the Farnborough Air Show, IFE was not fully loaded to the Qatar Airways specific configuration. Because the aircraft was still under the ownership of Boeing, Thales was not allowed to load any Qatar specific content, etc. and only OEM software was available.
The aircraft delivery was delayed by Boeing for several reasons, none of which were shared with Thales other than the fact that they were NOT related to IFE. The IFE system was signed off on by Qatar Airways executives prior to delivery, and was 100% functional. The aircraft moved directly to Victorville for the Connectivity modification, which has been planned since the beginning of the program. The aircraft is currently scheduled to complete modification and return to Everett for the official delivery ceremony in early November.”
First delivery to Qatar Airways is just weeks away and the carrier intends to induct up to five airplane before the year is out, deploying the airplane on its lucrative Doha-Heathrow route.
We extend our humble thanks to Thales for providing this clarity in relation to the Qatar Airways 787 and its product offering that will be used on the airplane.