AIX: Panasonic Avionics signs IFEC deal for EgyptAir B787s

Panasonic Avionics headquarters in Lake Forest, California.
Panasonic Avionics headquarters in Lake Forest, California.

Panasonic Avionics has announced a contract with EgyptAir to provide inflight entertainment and inflight connectivity on six Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

It will include Panasonic’s eX3 inflight entertainment solution and in business class, each seat will feature an 18-inch screen, a video touch handset, a USB jack for high power charging in-seat and a noise cancelling audio jack.

In economy class, passengers will each have a 12-inch screen and shared access to power outlets. Each aircraft will also be fitted with overhead 16-inch screens throughout each cabin.

Hideo Nakano, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said: “We are honoured to partner with EgyptAir to install inflight entertainment and connectivity across their widebody aircraft.

“The powerful combination of our eX3 IFE system with our global, high-speed communications service are designed to meet a wide range of passenger and crew needs, and we look forward to working with EgyptAir to help them make the most of their passenger experience investment.”

Safwat Musallam, Chairman, and CEO, EgyptAir Holding Company, added: “High-quality inflight Wi-Fi is changing the way people think about flying and how they spend their time in the air.

“Accordingly, in addition to our fleet upgrading strategy implemented, we needed a solution not only capable of providing a reliable system, but also a truly immersive inflight experience to our passengers.”

He added: “With this additional support of Panasonic Avionics, we will continue to offer the seamless flight experience to our valued passengers, as we are looking forward to continuing strengthening this relationship with Panasonic Avionics.”

Panasonic’s inflight connectivity services include high-speed, global Ku-band Wi-Fi, multiple channels of live television, and the ability to use smartphones to make and receive calls, SMS messages, and emails, and browse online.

EgyptAir has also opted for a range of additional software applications across the fleet that include passenger surveys, onboard shopping, 3D moving map and OneMedia –  Panasonic’s advertising platform.

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