Linux and luxury: Behind the scenes on the Emirates Airbus A380

We take a look at the Emirates Airbus A380's high-tech luxuries and Linux-based Panasonic Aviation eX2 in-flight entertainment system.

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All of these systems are custom-made for Emirates. Two companies make IFE systems for Airbus A380s: Thales (with the Top Series i-5000) and Panasonic Avionics (with the eX2 series). All parts, no matter how small, must be tested and approved as avionics equipment.<br><br>Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Emirates all use the Panasonic Aviation eX2 IFE system, <a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/263506/linux_takes_seat_qantas_new_superjumbo?rid=-219" target="_blank"> which runs off Linux </a>. Emirates says that the eX2 package is 30 per cent lighter than its previous IFE system and costs US$5-7 million per plane.

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