Lake Forest, CA | March 23, 2016– Panasonic Avionics (Panasonic), the world leader in inflight entertainment and communications, today announced it has been selected to supply the Cabin Services System (CSS) on the new family of Boeing 777X aircraft. Panasonic is currently the supplier of CSS on all Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 747-8 Intercontinental aircraft.

Panasonic’s CSS is a scalable, database driven, Ethernet-based network that provides core cabin functions such as passenger address, cabin interphone and environmental controls. CSS directly integrates with external subsystems such as cabin lighting and other airplane member systems across the airframe networks, including the inflight entertainment and connectivity solutions.

Paul Margis, President and Chief Executive Officer for Panasonic Avionics said, “This agreement is the reflection of a growing relationship between Panasonic and Boeing. It shows the success of our efforts to combine reliability crucial for Cabin Services Systems with continued innovation benefitting flight crew and passengers, something that’s core to the 777X program.”

The 777X is the largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world with 320 orders and commitments for the aircraft. The cabin interior will include larger windows, a wider cabin, new lighting, and an enhanced architecture with cabin electronics controlled by the Panasonic Cabin Services System.

Montierchaume, France | September 8, 2015– Astronics PGA Avionics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO) and an innovator of in seat motion systems, lighting systems, In-flight Entertainment & Connectivity systems (IFEC) and Cabin Management Systems (CMS), announced today that a Boeing 747-8 VVIP aircraft was outfitted by a completion center in Switzerland with a comprehensive, customized IP IFEC/CMS solution.

With Astronics PGA IP system controlling the entire cabin, the aircraft includes the latest suite of IFEC technologies including full HD screens, touch screens, audio/visual sources and passenger control units. The CMS simplifies control of the cabin environment from lighting and temperature to door closures. Astronics PGA has also integrated the latest technologies for DRM (Digital Right Management) and games into this innovative solution to offer passengers a unique in-flight experience.

Astronics PGA Avionics is well known for its innovative engineering and manufacturing of in seat motion, lighting and in-flight entertainment systems for commercial, VVIP and business jet aircraft. In seat motion systems are specifically designed for first class and business class seating, and consist of linear or rotary actuators, a control module and a range of custom wiring harnesses, all of which satisfy the latest standards for B787 and A350 aircraft. Seat lighting systems are customized to accommodate various lighting scenarios for reading and ambiance, and designed to suit a broad array of décor. As a leading manufacturer for the corporate and VVIP aviation market, its full-HD audio/video in-flight entertainment and cabin management system solutions are flexible and convenient with a user-friendly interface that gives the user control over all in-cabin features from lighting to the hostess call function, door closure, satellite TV, security camera, moving-map systems, and power management systems.

  • Korean Air becomes the world’s first carrier to operate both types of the 747-8

Everett, WA | August 25, 2015– Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Korean Air today marked the delivery of the airline’s first 747-8 Intercontinental. The new fuel-efficient jet is the first of 10 747-8 passenger airplanes the carrier has on order.

“This new aircraft delivers better fuel economy,” said Walter Cho, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Korean Air. “That is important to a global airline such as ours. And it supports our goal to build and operate a first-class fleet of world-class aircraft.”

With this delivery, Korean Air becomes the first airline in the world to operate both the passenger and freighter versions of the 747-8. Korean Air currently operates seven 747-8 Freighters.

“Korean Air has been a valued Boeing customer for more than 40 years and we are honored to celebrate yet another milestone delivery together with their first 747-8 Intercontinental,” said Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “As one of the few airlines that have operated almost all models of the 747 family, we are excited that Korean Air is extending the tradition with our newest 747-8 Intercontinental. I am confident that the 747-8 will continue to play an important role in Korean Air’s long-term success.”

Korea’s flag carrier currently operates a fleet of 87 Boeing passenger airplanes that includes 737, 747 and 777s. The airline also operates an all-Boeing cargo fleet of 28 747-400, 747-8 and 777 Freighters.

With a range of 7,730 nautical miles (14,310 km), the 747-8 Intercontinental offers 16 percent savings in fuel consumption and emissions over its predecessor, the 747-400, while generating 30 percent less noise. The airplane also features an all-new, 787 Dreamliner-inspired interior that includes a new curved, upswept architecture giving passengers a greater feeling of space and comfort.

Korean Air’s jet is configured with 368 seats and features the brand new First Class Kosmo Suite 2.0, which include a sliding door and higher partitions to provide added privacy for passengers. The suites are also equipped with updated in-flight entertainment systems, with large 24-inch high-definition monitors and new handheld touch remotes.

The airline’s Business Class Prestige Suites will feature staggered seating and privacy panels, along with 18-inch high definition touch screens.

Korean Air’s Aerospace Division is a key Boeing partner on both the 747-8 and 787 programs, supplying the distinctive raked wing-tips for each model. They are also one of two suppliers producing the new 737 MAX Advanced Technology (AT) Winglet.

Korean Air, with a fleet of 161 aircraft, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines, and operates more than 430 flights per day to 128 cities in 45 countries. It is a founding member of the SkyTeam alliance, which together with its 20 members, offers its 612 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 16,000 daily flights covering 1,052 destinations in 177 countries.

  • First BBJ 787 already entered into service; first 747-8 enters into service this year

EBACE Geneva, Switzerland | May 19, 2014– Boeing [NYSE: BA] Business Jets has outperformed the competition in the widebody market segment for private business jets, with widebody airplane orders now accounting for more than one-third of Boeing’s total VIP orders.

Boeing announced today at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) that since the 787 and 747-8 became available for BBJ conversion in 2006, the response to Boeing’s VIP widebody product line has been strong. Business leaders and heads of state customers overwhelmingly choose widebody Boeing VIP airplanes over the competition.

“Over the past eight years, Boeing Business Jets has distinguished itself in the VIP widebody market. We saw an opportunity in the business jet market for widebody airplanes and now we are seeing it pay off,” said Steve Taylor, president, Boeing Business Jets. “Our airplanes have the biggest cabins, allowing our customers to customize the airplane to meet their specific needs and provide unmatched comfort on long-haul routes.”

In 2014, even more Boeing VIP widebody airplanes will enter the market. One BBJ 787 delivered in 2013 has already entered into service. Additionally in 2014, the first BBJ 747-8 will enter into service and be operated by an undisclosed customer.

At EBACE, Taylor also announced the updated range of the BBJ MAX. The BBJ MAX will enable customers to have greater flexibility by allowing them to fly farther, carry more cargo and improve their overall flying experience with a larger cabin. The extended range for the BBJ MAX of 6,435 nautical miles will allow customers to connect to more cities worldwide.

The BBJ MAX launched in early 2014 and the first delivery will be in 2018.

Boeing Business Jets offers a wide variety of ultra-large-cabin, long-range airplanes perfectly suited for the private jet market. The product line includes the BBJ, BBJ 2 and BBJ 3 – high-performance derivatives of the commercially successful Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX families – as well as Boeing twin-aisle airplanes including the 747-8, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliner.

– London Heathrow Is 200th Airport To Welcome 747-8 Operations
– Newest Member Of 747 Family Today Serves Twice As Many Destinations As Its competitor

Seattle, WA | April 3, 2012/PRNewswire/– The Boeing (NYSE: BA) 747-8 is approved for operations at 200 airports around the world – less than six months after entering service. To date, 63 airports around the world are supporting revenue flights from 14 in-service 747-8 Freighters operated by five carriers. The approval shows the newest member of the 747 family can operate safely within an airport environment, accounting for regulatory requirements, clearances, pavement loading and parking requirements.

London Heathrow Airport is the 200th airport to receive regulatory approval for 747-8 operations. “No one knows the 747-8 better than the teams at Boeing. We put that knowledge to work by partnering with airlines, airports and regulators around the globe to ensure that our customers get the ultimate value out of their investment,” said Sherry Carbary, vice president, Flight Services, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services.

The 747-8 family is the only airplane above 400 seats approved to serve more than 60 airports around the world.

The 747-8’s increased wingspan over the 747-400 places the airplane in the lower end of International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) airport design code F. ICAO airport design codes categorize airplanes based on wingspan and outer main-gear wheel span. As part of its commitment to provide customers a competitive edge, Boeing is working with airports and civil aviation authorities worldwide to ensure that the proper plans are in place to accommodate safe operations.

“Boeing applied a true working together approach to create a fruitful and constructive environment to gain regulatory approvals for 747-8 operations,” said Sten Rossby, chief technical pilot of Cargolux. “Our business success depends on having a sizeable choice of destinations.” Boeing 747-8 operators have identified a total of 240 destination airports, significantly more than the airplane’s main competitor is able to serve.

Boeing offers a comprehensive portfolio of commercial aviation services, collectively known as the Boeing Edge, bringing value and advantages to customers and the industry. Boeing Flight Services offers integrated offerings to drive optimized performance, efficiency and safety through advanced flight and maintenance training as well as improved air traffic management and 24/7 flight operations support. The company offers a variety of airport technology services to help ensure that airports and Boeing airplanes interact as effectively as possible.

The 747-8 family provides airlines with double-digit improvements in fuel burn, operating costs and emissions, while being 30 percent quieter and adding more capacity.

A technical article on 747-8 airport compatibility is available in Boeing’s award-winning customer support magazine Aero [].