APEXEXPO: Panasonic wins 35 aircraft deal with China Eastern

A Panasonic Avionics' Ku-band antenna being tested in and anechoic chamber at its Lake Forest facility.
A Panasonic Avionics’ Ku-band antenna being tested in an anechoic chamber at its Lake Forest facility.

Panasonic Avionics has landed a contract with China Eastern for its eX3 inflight entertainment (IFE) system and Ku-band connectivity for a fleet of 35 new A350s and 787 aircraft.

China Eastern Airlines, in partnership with China Telecom Satellite, was the first Chinese carrier to offer Panasonic’s global Wi-Fi service on domestic flights and has already begun offering broadband communications on its international routes.

With this latest award, the airline’s entire wide body fleet will be equipped with Panasonic’s high-speed communications service.

Panasonic’s Global Communications Services (GCS) are available across China and on more than 99.6 percent of all air traffic routes. The company claims it is the only global, broadband inflight connectivity service operating in every country in the world today.

China Eastern

The service will permit China Eastern passengers to be fully connected while traveling.

Paul Margis, Chief Executive Officer at Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said: “Panasonic remains the only global connectivity provider operating over China today, so we’re delighted to further strength our relationship with China Eastern Airlines through our third partnership agreement together.

“Panasonic continues to invest in developing reliable broadband Wi-Fi solutions that meet the increasing demand from passengers to be connected across the globe.”

Xulun Ma, Chief Executive Officer, China Eastern Airlines, added: “China Eastern Airlines understands the needs of our customers for a premium inflight experience. Our partnership with Panasonic has proved extremely successful and we look forward to continue strengthening our relationship with Panasonic Avionics.”

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