W?ITH ADVANCED PASSENGER SERVICE CAPABILITY
GLENDORA, Calif., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- HUGHES-AVICOM
INTERNATIONAL has received an order from China Airlines (CAL) for
leading-edge, fully interactive in-seat entertainment and
communication systems for the first class and business class sections
of the airline's long-haul fleet.
With the order, valued at approximately $8.5 million, China
Airlines becomes the first airline in Asia to use fully interactive
cabin management systems.
HUGHES-AVICOM INTERNATIONAL'S President and Chief Executive
Officer Richard Bertagna said, "The China Airlines contract is
strategic and represents a major penetration by HUGHES-AVICOM into
the expanding Pacific Rim airline market."
Reflecting on its concern for the comfort of its passengers and
being dedicated to the highest levels of customer service, CAL has
hailed its new offering as "21st Century Cabin Management Systems."
The HUGHES-AVICOM fully interactive communication system allows
CAL passengers to choose, in either Chinese or English, a host of
services including beverage and meal selections, credit and shopping,
games, music, video and movie entertainment, destination maps that
provide flight information, plus a passenger opinion polling feature.
Leading Chinese television personalities entertained at a gala
event at The Regent Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan, where China Airlines
hosted 300 distinguished guests to the unveiling and demonstration of
their new entertainment and communication systems.
The HUGHES-AVICOM passenger system is located in the arms of the
passenger seats. Each specially equipped seat allows the passenger
access to their own private command monitor and viewing system. The
passenger merely touches the screen to activate options and features,
marrying the finest and latest in computer technology with human
needs and customer service.
HUGHES-AVICOM's continued penetration of the civilian airline
market with its advanced cabin management systems is one of many
thrusts Hughes Aircraft Co. is making into the commercial sector.
HUGHES-AVICOM INTERNATIONAL, a subsidiary of GM Hughes
Electronics, is a leading producer of integrated communications,
entertainment and aircraft cabin management systems as well as
airborne merchandising systems. The company has existing service
bases in approximately 30 cities around the world.
GM Hughes Electronics is a subsidiary of General Motors. Trading
in class H common stock of General Motors (NYSE: GMH) relates to the
financial performance of GM Hughes Electronics.
/CONTACT: David LeFort of Hughes, 310-517-5541/
CO: HUGHES-AVICOM INTERNATIONAL; China Airlines; GM Hughes
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