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GEC-Plessey Avionics of Martin Road, West Leigh, Havant, Hampshire.
The company created an information system to entertain airline passengers during their journey. It was the world’s first in-flight entertainment system, launched at the Paris Air Fair in 1989.
The in-flight entertainment included an real-time flight information system that informed curious passengers of their whereabouts at any specific point during their travel. Each multi-functional terminal was built into the back of every passenger seat complete with high resolution colour liquid-crystal screens linked to a central computer that provided a range of listed services. Using specially made handheld key pad controls, passengers could scroll through and select a choice of six movies, six audio channels and a variety of games for entertainment.
Real-time flight information included speed, altitude, local maps, aircraft position, arrival time and weather a destination.
Other functions of the terminals included:
For first class passengers, the screen was mounted on a bracket extending from the armrest.
"SkyTrading Holdings, a subsidiary of Candlestar Plessey, to market the Plessey-developed integrated flight entertainment and service systems to airlines." ..