Astronics Selected as In-Seat Power Supplier for Thales' TopSeries(TM) In-Flight Entertainment System for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner


Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRO) today announced that it has signed an agreement with Thales, a leading international electronics and systems group, to develop and supply the in-seat power system (ISPS) to be used in conjunction with Thales' TopSeries(TM) In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system which will be offered on Boeing's (NYSE: BA) new 787 Dreamliner Aircraft.

The TopSeries(TM) IFE platform is a web-based system designed to support on-demand in-seat audio and video entertainment options, broadband communications with internet-ready capability and in-seat power for passengers' personal electronic devices, such as laptop computers. Thales' TopSeries(TM) IFE system has proved to be popular among worldwide commercial airlines ordering Boeing's 787, and the agreement with Thales establishes Astronics as the exclusive provider of the ISPS with the installation of TopSeries(TM) IFE systems.

Peter J. Gundermann, President and CEO of Astronics, commented, "We are excited to participate in the 787 Dreamliner program with Thales, and our expertise in efficient, safe power distribution compliments Thales' expertise in delivering on-demand digital content to passengers. Together, our systems will enhance the experience of 787 Dreamliner passengers by providing access to a wide-array of entertainment choices."

About Thales

Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, serving defence, aerospace, security and services markets worldwide. The Group employs 68,000 people in 50 countries throughout the world with revenue in excess of EUR 10 billion.


Astronics Corporation is a trusted leader in innovative, high performance lighting, electrical generation, control and distribution systems for the global aerospace industry. Its strategy is to expand the value and content it provides to various aircraft platforms through product development and acquisition. Astronics Corporation, and its wholly-owned subsidiaries Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp. and Luminescent Systems Inc., have a reputation for high quality designs, exceptional responsiveness, strong brand recognition and best-in-class manufacturing practices.

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Source: Astronics Corporation