Turkish Airlines selects Panasonic for inflight connectivity

Some of the 500 or so sports feeds available to IMG at its west London offices.
Some of the 500 or so sports feeds available to IMG at its west London offices.

Turkish Airlines has selected Panasonic Avionics’ eX1 inflight entertainment and communications (IFEC) system and Global Communications Services for its new fleet of narrow body aircraft.

The onboard experience will include high-speed, global Wi-Fi and multiple channels of live television, including Sport24

Turkish passengers will be able to use the service to remain connected to their friends, families, co-workers though high speed access to the Internet, social media platforms, corporate VPN networks and more.

Passengers will also receive live text news customised for Turkish Airlines by Anadolu Agency (AA), a leading Turkish news agency.

The television service, which is unique to Turkish Airlines, will feature TRT World Turkish News Channel — a new channel from Turkey’s national public broadcaster, TRT, which broadcasts balanced, in-depth reporting with a focus on global responsibility.

It will also offer eight additional global channels including Sport 24.

Sport 24, which is owned and operated by IMG, offers live coverage of the world’s most popular sporting events.

In 2016, the channel showed live action from the Rio 2016 Olympics Games, Premier League, NFL, UEFA Champions League, NBA, Tennis Grand Slams, Bundesliga, Golf Majors, MotoGP and the Ryder Cup.

“Get Connected” carried a feature on IMG and Sport 24 earlier this year.

Panasonic Avionics is the only authorised distributor of Sport 24 to the air transport market.

Turkish Airlines high-speed Wi-Fi

Turkish Airlines’ new state-of-the-art inflight entertainment, global high-speed Wi-Fi and live television services will be available on 92 Airbus A321 NEOs-ACF, 65 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 10 Boeing 737 MAX 9s.

As part of the contract, Turkish Airlines has the option to equip the last 45 aircraft with its own direct affiliate’s IFE system, pending line fit offerability.

As part of the strategic partnership agreement, Panasonic will establish a media centre and creative services team at Istanbul’s new airport until the first operation in this airport takes place, which will service Turkish Airlines exclusively.

The facility is designed to fulfil the airline’s content and software needs with racks to support media, interactive development and applications.

Paul Margis, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said: “Our partnership with Turkish Airlines is a long term, strategic relationship. We are thrilled to extend our investment with both Turkish Airlines and the Turkish economy, and we look forward to a close collaboration with them on the products and services that will support them achieve their 2023 objectives.”

M. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines, added: “We needed a solution not only capable of providing a reliable system, but also a truly immersive inflight experience to our passengers.

“With this additional support of Panasonic Avionics we will continue to offer the seamless flight experience to our valued passengers.

“The personalised interface designed for an optimal viewing experience combined with the industry’s largest library of games, audio, and video is what made and eX1 a proper decision for our flag carrier in this regard.”

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