Turkish Airlines is introducing an in-house produced in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, which will be initially installed on the airline’s 44 narrowbody aircraft, the airline said June 27.

The IFE system has been entirely developed by Turkish Airlines engineers in cooperation with Turkish Technic Inc. and Havelsan, a Turkish software and systems company.

The aircraft on which the system is being installed have no seatback TV screens. Passengers will be able to connect to the IFE via their personal electronic devices.

The introduction of Turkish’s in-house system will bring IFE availability to 95% of the airline’s fleet.

“We believe that these kind of steps have great importance for the development of Turkish civil aviation,” Turkish Airlines board and executive committee chairman lker Ayci said.

Passengers wishing to use the IFE system will be required to install an app bearing the system’s name ‘Wireless In-Flight Entertainment System’ prior to boarding flights. Through the IFE, the airline’s passengers will be able to access to over 250 movies, 700 TV shows, 2,000 music albums and 19,000 song-titles.

Kurt Hofmann hofmann.aviation@netway.at