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September 9, 2008 — WAEA Conference, Long Beach, CA, — Thales, a worldwide provider of passenger entertainment systems, announced that it signed an agreement with GuestLogix Inc., the leading provider of onboard retail systems to the airline industry. Together the companies will integrate an onboard retail capability that co-ordinates purchases on the carriers' pre-flight websites, the GuestLogix Mobile Virtual Store™, and onboard redemption of entertainment services such as movies and video games through the TopSeries™ system.
"GuestLogix has an onboard retail solution that is an excellent complement to the TopSeries system. We anticipate that airlines will soon realize that they can provide new services that their passengers will appreciate," said Alan Pellegrini, Vice President and General Manager of Thales' Inflight Entertainment business. A launch airline for this new feature has been identified but the company name cannot be disclosed at this time.
This solution uses patent-pending GuestLogix Concierge™ technology that generates secure identification codes which minimize fraud and eliminate the need to embed POS applications with the seat-back video systems. While visiting the airline's Website, travelers can pre-pay for onboard entertainment services. The customer is then issued a Concierge™ code which they can input using the virtual keypad on the seat-back touch screen to play desired entertainment.
GuestLogix Concierge™ fully integrates with the GuestLogix Mobile Virtual Store™ onboard wireless POS which can manage all aspects of the entertainment transaction, including refunds in case of partial or non-fulfillment of service. "Entertainment services, payment technologies, online shopping and Internet access are converging to create new ways to enhance the onboard passenger experience," said Brett Proud, Executive Vice President of Onboard Retail Development at GuestLogix. "Airlines can benefit from the Thales/GuestLogix combination as they can pre-sell more services in the booking path on websites, integrate entertainment services with other onboard merchandising offers, and reduce operating costs such as credit card processing fees."
Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, addressing defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide. Thales's leading-edge technology is supported by 22,000 R&D engineers who offer a capability unmatched in Europe to develop and deploy field-proven mission-critical information systems. To this end, the group's civil and military businesses develop in parallel and share a common base of technologies to serve a single objective: the security of people, property and nations. The group builds its growth on its unique multi-domestic strategy based on trusted partnerships with national customers and market players, while leveraging its global expertise to support local technology and industrial development. Thales employs 68,000 people in 50 countries with 2007 revenues of €12.3 billion. For more information about Thales Inflight Entertainment Systems visit www.thales-ifs.com
GuestLogix is the leading provider of onboard retail technology and solutions to the passenger travel industry. Through its proprietary Mobile Virtual Store™ platform, the Company provides air, rail and ferry operators the tools and products to become successful onboard retailers, enhance service and drive ancillary revenue growth. With a customer base consisting of world leading airlines such as American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Ryanair, Germanwings, Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines, GuestLogix maintains agreements to serve more than a half billion passenger trips annually. For more information about GuestLogix visit www.guestlogix.com
This news release includes certain forward-looking statements that are based upon current expectations, which involve risks and uncertainties associated with GuestLogix' business and the environment in which the business operates. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking, including those identified by the expressions "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "estimate", "expect", "intend", and similar expressions to the extent they relate to the Company or its management. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts, but reflect GuestLogix' current expectations regarding future results or events. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, including the matters discussed under "Risks and Uncertainties" in the Filing Statement filed on July 14, 2008 with the regulatory authorities. GuestLogix assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements.
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