Lake Forest, CA | July 26, 2017–  Air China, the flag carrier and one of the major airlines of the People’s Republic of China, has selected inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions from Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) for its fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft.

Under the terms of the agreement, Panasonic will provide its industry-leading eX3 inflight entertainment for 10 Air China A350 aircraft. The first of these aircraft will be delivered in December 2017.

By selecting eX3, Air China will offer a unique passenger experience that includes audio and video on demand, a content library that can offer up to 300 movies, 200 TV shows, games, music, a moving map, and much more.

These A350 aircraft will also offer global connectivity services, which will allow Air China passengers to keep in touch with friends, families, co-workers and current events everywhere these aircraft fly. Panasonic operates connectivity service in 210 countries, including China.

Hideo Nakano, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said: “We are honored to partner with Air China on its A350 program. Because the airline’s route structure includes very long flights to all seven continents, it needed an IFEC solution that would help keep passengers entertained and offer new opportunities for it to generate revenue.”

“With eX3, Air China will offer its passengers a memorable experience that lets them watch movies and television, listen to music or connect to their favorite social media applications like WeChat. The reliability, performance and flexibility of eX3 and our connectivity service makes it an ideal choice for these aircraft.”

Hamburg, Germany | April 5, 2016– Singapore Airlines and Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) have joined forces to deliver a broadband-connected, personalized, immersive entertainment experience across the airline’s entire 787-10 fleet and A350 Ultra-long-haul fleet. This announcement comes on the heels of the delivery of Singapore Airlines’ first A350 aircraft equipped with Panasonic’s flagship inflight entertainment and global connectivity systems.

Panasonic will deliver connectivity and inflight entertainment solutions that are custom-tailored to Singapore Airlines’ vision for an enhanced KrisWorld experience on board their B787-10 aircraft and A350-900 Ultra-long-haul aircraft. Singapore Airlines will be the launch customer for both fleets.

The eX3 system used by Singapore Airlines is Panasonic’s most advanced IFEC system. When used in conjunction with Panasonic’s Global Communication Services, it offers the latest in onboard technology communication solutions and over a terabyte of immersive entertainment options including the world’s most popular movies and television shows. Customers will also enjoy higher levels of personalization via the Panasonic companion app, which when integrated with KrisWorld delivers unrivaled opportunities around passenger engagement and value delivery. The experience will also include the capability to provide broadband Internet services to passenger devices and the seatback, as well as mobile phone services.

Paul Margis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics said, “We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Singapore Airlines to their new medium haul and ultra-long-haul aircraft. Together, we have continually pushed the envelope to discover new ways to engage passengers and to leverage the benefits of the connected aircraft. We look forward to working with Singapore Airlines for many years to come.”

  • Tail-Mounted Antenna Expands FliteStream Connectivity Market
  • More BizAv Aircraft to Benefit from FliteStream’s Patented Technology

East Aurora, NY | October 21, 2014– Astronics Corporation announced that Astronics AeroSat, its wholly-owned subsidiary that designs and manufactures satellite connectivity solutions for aircraft, has launched FliteStream™ T-Series, a satellite broadband solution incorporating a new tail-mounted antenna design. Astronics (NASDAQ: ATRO) is a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries.

FliteStream T-Series, like FliteStream F-Series for VVIP aircraft, is the aviation industry’s first dedicated, global connectivity solution for the worldwide business aviation/corporate jet fleet. Incorporating FliteStream’s patented ‘lens/horn’ technology, which provides the most efficient
Ku-band airborne connectivity available to business aviation, the FliteStream T-Series’ antenna system is ideally suited for specific models of Cessna, Bombardier, Embraer, and Gulfstream aircraft.

“We are excited to extend the benefits of our FliteStream solution to an even greater segment of the long-range business jet market,” said Dennis Ferguson, president of Astronics AeroSat. “Our new tail-mounted antenna, FliteStream T-Series offers exceptional, dedicated connectivity via the global Harris CapRock Ku-band satellite network, while positioning aircraft for upgrades to new airborne telecom technologies as they become available,” he added.

Like all FliteStream solutions, the T-Series is designed for performance, growth and customer convenience. It features AeroSat’s highly efficient, patented antenna technology, a defined upgrade path to Ka-band and a Certification Assistance Program™ that includes a full installation design and STC data package. Worldwide, 24/7 AOG support with a single point of contact is also a well-received feature of the full service solution.

FliteStream T-Series antenna systems will be sold and installed through avionics modification centers and OEM service centers, with deliveries beginning in the third quarter of 2015.