APEXEXPO: Panasonic lead supplier on Airbus HBC technology

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 been selected by Airbus as lead supplier for its High Bandwidth Connectivity (HBC) technology on the A320, A330, and A380 platforms.

Panasonic’s Global Communications Service (GCS) uses a Ku-band satellite network to deliver high-speed communications on a claimed 99.6 percent of all air traffic routes.

The service lets passengers connect to the people, digital entertainment, and web content of their choice. It also enables its eXTV solution, which is currently the industry’s only global inflight television service.

More than 70 customers have selected GCS on more than 3,500 aircraft. The company estimates that an additional 12,000 aircraft will be committed to its high-speed network by 2025.

Chris Lundquist, Vice President of OEM Accounts, Corporate Strategy and Business Development for Panasonic Avionics Corporation said: “Over the past six years, Panasonic has delivered more than 60 high-speed wireless connectivity systems to Airbus for line-fit installation across its A380, A330 and A350 platforms.

“We are pleased to extend this capability to the A320 and thus across all Airbus platforms.

“By signing the HBC contract, we have enhanced our tremendous relationship with Airbus and look forward to providing our industry-leading broadband communications solutions for their aircraft. Together, both companies will improve passenger’s inflight experience and extend, enhance and differentiate our airline customer’s brands.”

Panasonic claims it currently has the largest number of connectivity-enabled aircraft types installed and the most Wi-Fi enabled aircraft flying international routes.

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