Panasonic Avionics Delivers 100th Digital Overhead Audio/Video System to American Airlines for Multiple Aircraft


Lake Forest, California – May 22, 2009 – Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), the world leader in state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment and communication (IFEC) systems, today announced an agreement with long-time customer American Airlines to install the Panasonic Digital Overhead AudioVideo System on multiple aircraft in its fleet. As part of this agreement, Panasonic will install its 100th Digital Overhead AudioVideo System onboard an American Airlines plane.

“Panasonic is very proud to continue our long, successful relationship with American Airlines,” said Paul Margis, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation. “We are also very pleased to celebrate our milestone delivery of Panasonic’s 100th Digital Overhead AudioVideo System with one of our most valued customers.”

New installations of the Panasonic Digital Overhead AudioVideo System are already in service on 58 Boeing 767-300, 10 Boeing 767-200, and four Boeing 737-800 aircraft in the American Airlines fleet. The new contract also includes the retrofitting of IFE systems on 106 Boeing 757-200 aircraft to be completed by November 2015 and five Boeing 767-200 aircraft to be completed by July 2009. Panasonic is scheduled to begin the retrofits in the fourth quarter of 2009. The Panasonic IFE system is also in production on 72 Boeing 737-800 aircraft to be completed by October 2010.

The new agreement also includes retrofitting of 18 Boeing 757-200 international aircraft with Panasonic IFE systems for In-Seat Audio and Video-on-Demand in First Class and Digital Overhead AudioVideo capability in Economy Class. These aircraft retrofits are already in progress and will be completed by December 2009, with the first two aircraft already in service.

American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in over 130 countries and territories.

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