Vistara has announced a new immersive inflight map experience on its B787-9 Dreamliner.

The aircraft will now have Panasonic’s new state-of-the-art 3D inflight map application called Arc. With this, the airline’s passengers will now be able to choose from over 20 distinct map views in 4K for various phases of flight, incorporating 3D satellite imagery, local and global views.

Arc also includes a feature that enables a traveller to see the aircraft’s personalised relative position to their selected map location throughout his/her flight.

Arc will be available in all cabins – in the overhead monitors, seatback screens, video handsets as well as on passengers’ mobile devices connected to the inflight wifi.

Vistara is said to be the world’s first airline that now has the Arc application.

Commenting on the news, Vinod Kannan, Vistara’s chief commercial officer said:

“Inflight entertainment plays an extremely important role in the overall experience of flying with an airline, especially on a long flight. Our partnership with Panasonic has helped us in bringing state-of-the-art IFE systems and satellite connectivity to our customers. Arc, with trailblazing capabilities, will not only help us keep our customers engaged on their flights, but also open up a whole new medium for us to interact with them.

We are delighted to make this cutting-edge application a part of the award-winning Vistara experience in our continuous effort to maximise customer delight.”

Andrew Mohr, vice president of Digital Services and Solutions for Panasonic Avionics Corporation said:

“We are delighted by this opportunity to partner with Vistara on the launch of Arc on their Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Arc represents a new generation of map technology, perfectly tuned to take advantage of our latest IFE hardware.  Introducing many industry firsts, this collaboration with Vistara has resulted in both companies jointly setting a new benchmark for the inflight map experience.”

The airline has also said that this map application will be progressively made available on the airline’s brand new A321neo aircraft as well.