China Eastern launches Panasonic connectivity over China

David Bruner, Vice President of Panasonic’s Global Communications Services
David Bruner, Vice President of Panasonic’s Global Communications Services.

China Eastern Airlines (CEA) is now offering broadband inflight connectivity over China using China Telecom Satellite’s aeronautical service and Panasonic Avionics’ Ku-band eXConnect system.

The first of 27 CEA aircraft equipped is an Airbus A330 aircraft. Onboard, passengers can experience broadband internet Wi-Fi and email at 35,000 feet.

CEA has also selected China Telecom Satellite’s service and Panasonic’s eXConnect system for an additional six Boeing 767s and 20 Boeing 777 aircraft.

The first aircraft has been dedicated to routes between Shanghai and Beijing, allowing government agencies to observe operation of the service before granting full regulatory approval for operation on additional domestic and international routes.

China Eastern Airlines said: “We are very excited to offer this extremely exciting service with China Telecom Satellite and Panasonic Avionics. This is an tremendous milestone for China and we look forward to ensuring our passengers are both entertained and productive as they fly.”

China Telecom Satellite Communications Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Telecom and specialises in the operation of its parent corporation’s satellite communications business.

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