Embraer has selected Panasonic Avionics to provide inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) for the E-Jets E2, the second generation of the E-Jets family of commercial aircraft.
The new contract extends the partnership between the two companies, with Panasonic offering Wi-Fi streaming entertainment and Wi-Fi connectivity services for the E2 aircraft.
Fernando Antonio Oliveira, Embraer Director for the E-Jets E2 Programme, said: “Panasonic offered a world-class solution for wireless IFE and global broadband connectivity systems aboard the E-Jets E2.
“The extended partnership helps us to ensure our airline customers can offer their passengers a premium experience all over the world.”
The technology also offers a business platform for airlines and the system will be installed in the E2 demo aircraft.
Mark Jennings, Chief Operating Officer, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said: “Panasonic is proud to enhance our eight-year relationship with Embraer.
“This latest milestone ensures that airlines can now offer passengers access to the industry’s leading broadband communications and wireless entertainment solutions.”
Panasonic’s Global Communications Services (GCS), which include broadband connectivity, live television and mobile phone services, are now available on more than 99.6% of all air traffic routes.
With eXW, passengers can enjoy on-board movies, music, news, and in-cabin services through their own personal devices. It supports Windows, Mac OS, and iOS devices, as well as browsers including Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.
The E2 has accrued 275 firm orders, in addition to 415 options, purchase rights, and letters-of-intent, totaling 690 commitments from airline customers and leasing companies.