Panasonic Avionics says more than 1,000 commercial aircraft are now operating with inflight connectivity on its Global Communications Services network.
It says its worldwide Ku-band satellite network now delivers broadband communications services and global live television on over 99.6 percent of all commercial aviation routes.
The 1,000th aircraft was a B777-300 that was line fit at the OEM and delivered in mid-December to China Eastern Airlines. Since then, Panasonic has equipped an additional 25 aircraft, bringing the total number to 1025.
More than 50 percent of all airlines with connected aircraft have chosen Panasonic Avionics. The company has approximately 70 airlines and 3,000 aircraft committed to its global broadband connectivity service. It expects to add an additional 12,000 to its network by 2025.
In 2016, the company projects to add another 600 aircraft to its network, and 34 percent of these installations will take place at the OEM during production.
Today, Panasonic says it is the only inflight connectivity provider that is line fit offerable at the major aircraft manufacturers.
David Bruner, Vice President, Global Communications Services for Panasonic Avionics said: “This year, we will introduce several new enhancements to our network, the passenger experience, and the ability of our customers to monitor their aircraft in real time.
“In April, we will introduce high-throughput satellite (HTS) services over North America and the Atlantic.
“Europe and the Middle East will follow later that year, and by mid-2017, we will complete our HTS network, offering more than 200 megabits per second in regions that cover 80 percent of all traffic routes.
“Leveraging our unique HTS design, we’ll be able to tailor the inflight experience to match passenger expectations for bandwidth and give them even more access to the services that they use every day on the ground.
“We will also be able to expand the number of channels available in our global live television service, which continues to become increasingly important to our customers and their guests,” added Bruner.
In conclusion, Bruner also stated that 2016 will be an exciting year for airlines that wish to leverage connectivity for operational efficiencies.
“We are actively working with our customers on several key operational initiatives. Whether it’s highly-accurate, real-time weather and EFB applications that help pilots make better informed inflight decisions, global flight tracking, real time remote monitoring and data analysis or even telemedicine, we are committed to helping our customers realize the real value of the connected aircraft,” he said.