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Brooke Perisho, a Boeing employee who took part in the IFE system test on the 787 Dreamliner  (Source: Boeing)
Employees were sent on a 7-hour flight on a 787 Dreamliner and told to push the IFE system to its limits for testing purposes

Yesterday, Virgin America announced a new partnership with Lufthansa Systems for the next generation Red in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. The system, which will be coupled with Lufthansa's BoardConnect, is said to be unlike any other IFE in the skies -- but Boeing is looking to give them a run for their money.

Boeing recently took 250 of its employees on a 7-hour 
flight in a new 787 Dreamliner prior to its commercial debut. The flight was free-of-charge, but it wasn't just a leisurely cruise through the skies. Instead, employees were instructed to bring as many electronic gadgets as they could and attempt to push the in-flight entertainment system to its limits.

787 Dreamliner is an efficient airplane made of lightweight carbon composites, which features a whole new passenger experience with dimmable windows, LED lights, reclining business class seats and even higher humidity. But Boeing wanted to test the IFE system that it developed along with partners Panasonic and Thales to make sure it was up-to-par and beyond like the rest of the plane's services -- and that meant allowing passengers to use as much media as they please.

"We were testing for the worst case," said Sean Sullivan, manager of the 787 cabin services system team. "We wanted passengers to do things that you would never have in a commercial flight."

The 250 employees participated in group tests like everyone turning on a movie at the same time, rewinding it at the same time, and playing games while playing the movie all at the same time.

They took it a step further by pushing as many buttons on the 
IFE system as possible.

Boeing employees also plugged in their personal electronics such as mp3 players, cell phones, tablets and laptops while using other IFE services. 

After the 7-hour flight, testing was complete and the system didn't 
crash under pressure. It performed the way Boeing, Panasonic and Thales had witnessed in a laboratory setting, and the team was impressed. 

"It's the best airplane I've ever flown in," said passenger Dennis Mayfield. "It's really, really nice. It really has become the dream come true."

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Who is Mayfield?
By Fenixgoon on 9/14/2011 11:43:51 AM , Rating: 0
I've noticed this in quite a few DT articles - there are quotes from people who are never introduced previously.

Since I read the original article on Boeing's website, I know it's a direct copy and paste of that portion of the article (and I also know who Mayfield is).

At the very least, add the details necessary for the sentence to make sense.

For example: "quote text," said Dennis Mayfield, one of the test flight participants.

By having only "said Mayfield," we have no idea who Mayfield is, and any competent writer of the english language, let alone a journalist, should be aware of that and how to correct it.

Sorry to jump on the critique DT boat, and it's not directed particularly towards you, Tiffany, but it's something about which the entire DT staff should be aware or made aware.

RE: Who is Mayfield?
By Brandon Hill on 9/14/2011 11:52:43 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure I understand your criticism. The included quote clearly says "passenger Dennis Mayfield". It is the first and last time that he is mentioned in the article.

It was already established in the beginning of the article that the airplane was full of Boeing employees.

RE: Who is Mayfield?
By 1reader on 9/14/2011 5:14:15 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I'm afraid that, lacking a complete biography of Mr. Mayfield, OP will simply have to make logical deductions based on the context of the surrounding paragraphs, though that might be expecting a little much. The complaint is not relative to this article. Whether it is for others, eh, I don't know.

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