Singapore Airlines Unveils Inflight E-Mail And Next-Generation Entertainment Systems

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Singapore Airlines

    LOS ANGELES, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Singapore
 Airlines (SIA) continues to push back the boundaries of air travel by
 launching the world's first global inflight e-mail system and a new-generation
 entertainment system.
     The launch of the inflight e-mail system, supplied by Tenzing
 Communications, makes SIA the first airline in the world to offer inflight
 e-mail using a satellite-based communications network.  It is available to
 customers in all three classes.
     Said Mr. Michael Tan, SIA's Executive Vice President Commercial:  "I
 believe this is a strong affirmation of SIA's dedication and emphasis on the
 customer -- whether he or she travels in First, Business or Economy Class."
     In conjunction with inflight e-mail, a dedicated server onboard will
 download and store hundreds of thousands of web pages to allow passengers to
 browse through.
     The inflight e-mail and web access system is connected to Matsushita
 Avionics System's new MAS3000 inflight entertainment system.  SIA is the first
 airline in the world to install the system, which will revolutionize its
 KrisWorld entertainment system.  New, exciting features -- all firsts in the
 airline industry -- will be introduced in phases throughout the year.
     As part of the first phase, all customers can play multi-player network PC
 games, which can pit customers against each other no matter where they are
 seated, as well as Nintendo Gateway Game Boy games (currently with 25 titles,
 including popular Pokemon titles).  More game titles will be introduced later.
     First and Raffles (business) Class customers, who already enjoy Wisemen,
 SIA's audio-and-video-on-demand (AVOD) system, can now enjoy DVD-quality
 movies -- the first time this feature has been offered by an airline.
     From July this year, SIA will extend Wisemen to Economy Class customers.
 In addition, SIA plans to expand the movie list to 50, plus 60 hours of short
 features and 100 CD albums, making available to customers the widest choice of
 audio and video programs in the air.
     Said Mr. Tan:  "What is so special and outstanding about these
 developments and features is that we will extend the new
 audio-and-video-on-demand system beyond First and Business Class from July
 this year, to include Economy.  Previously, this was not technically
 feasible."
     Currently, both systems are installed on a B747-400 aircraft, flying
 between Singapore and Los Angeles.  They will be progressively installed on
 SIA's entire Megatop B747 and Jubilee B777 fleet.
     SIA is investing S$300 million over the next two years on developing its
 CyberCabins, of which passenger applications and services like inflight e-mail
 are fundamental components.
 
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SOURCE Singapore Airlines
    LOS ANGELES, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Singapore
 Airlines (SIA) continues to push back the boundaries of air travel by
 launching the world's first global inflight e-mail system and a new-generation
 entertainment system.
     The launch of the inflight e-mail system, supplied by Tenzing
 Communications, makes SIA the first airline in the world to offer inflight
 e-mail using a satellite-based communications network.  It is available to
 customers in all three classes.
     Said Mr. Michael Tan, SIA's Executive Vice President Commercial:  "I
 believe this is a strong affirmation of SIA's dedication and emphasis on the
 customer -- whether he or she travels in First, Business or Economy Class."
     In conjunction with inflight e-mail, a dedicated server onboard will
 download and store hundreds of thousands of web pages to allow passengers to
 browse through.
     The inflight e-mail and web access system is connected to Matsushita
 Avionics System's new MAS3000 inflight entertainment system.  SIA is the first
 airline in the world to install the system, which will revolutionize its
 KrisWorld entertainment system.  New, exciting features -- all firsts in the
 airline industry -- will be introduced in phases throughout the year.
     As part of the first phase, all customers can play multi-player network PC
 games, which can pit customers against each other no matter where they are
 seated, as well as Nintendo Gateway Game Boy games (currently with 25 titles,
 including popular Pokemon titles).  More game titles will be introduced later.
     First and Raffles (business) Class customers, who already enjoy Wisemen,
 SIA's audio-and-video-on-demand (AVOD) system, can now enjoy DVD-quality
 movies -- the first time this feature has been offered by an airline.
     From July this year, SIA will extend Wisemen to Economy Class customers.
 In addition, SIA plans to expand the movie list to 50, plus 60 hours of short
 features and 100 CD albums, making available to customers the widest choice of
 audio and video programs in the air.
     Said Mr. Tan:  "What is so special and outstanding about these
 developments and features is that we will extend the new
 audio-and-video-on-demand system beyond First and Business Class from July
 this year, to include Economy.  Previously, this was not technically
 feasible."
     Currently, both systems are installed on a B747-400 aircraft, flying
 between Singapore and Los Angeles.  They will be progressively installed on
 SIA's entire Megatop B747 and Jubilee B777 fleet.
     SIA is investing S$300 million over the next two years on developing its
 CyberCabins, of which passenger applications and services like inflight e-mail
 are fundamental components.
 
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