Linux Powers In-Flight Entertainment on Qantas Superjumbo Jets

Lora Bentley

Interesting news from Computerworld Tuesday... Each seat in Qantas' new Airbus A380 jets will feature entertainment systems running on Linux. (When I saw "Linux" and "Qantas" in the same headline, I wasn't exactly thinking "in-flight entertainment," but I rarely fly. What do I know?)


Speaking of the in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, Qantas' John Borghetti told Web forum participants:

Our system is state of the art and offers over 1000 entertainment options including everything from the latest release movies to our Lonely Planet destinational information as well as our tail mounted panoramic camera.

In a story posted at, a Panasonic Avionics representative described the Panasonic eX2 IFE this way:

It is the industry's first one-gigabit backbone system, and will deliver something on the order of 5 Mbit/s of data to the seat. That amount of bandwidth will provide not only high-quality video but concurrent capabilities like picture-in-picture, live text news and text messaging.

Computerworld points out Qantas isn't the first airline to feature the Linux-run IFE from Panasonic. Singapore Airlines also uses the eX2.

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