Air Canada selects Panasonic Avionics’ eX3 IFEC solution for new 787 fleet

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore April 8, 2014 19:17

Air Canada selects Panasonic Avionics’ eX3 IFEC solution for new 787 fleet

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), provider of in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) systems, will deliver its eX3 in-flight entertainment and communications solution to Air Canada for 37 wide body aircraft.

Under terms of the agreement, Panasonic will linefit install eX3 on Air Canada’s 37 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.  Deliveries commence with the airline’s first 787 aircraft in Spring 2014.  Air Canada currently has five Boeing 777-300 aircraft equipped with Panasonic’s eX2 system.

“Panasonic’s eX2 system has been very popular with our passengers.  With the introduction of our new Dreamliner fleet, we are very excited to launch an even more advanced system that will include a deep portfolio of applications and services that will immerse our customers in a truly next-generation in-flight experience,” said Craig Landry, Vice President, Marketing, for Air Canada.

With eX3, Air Canada’s passengers will be able to watch more than 600 hours of entertainment on larger, higher definition screens that are up to 18-inches in business class and enjoy higher definition touch screens at every seat featuring an advanced intuitive interface that will be easy and pleasant to navigate.

According to Paul Margis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation: “Panasonic is very excited about the growing relationship with Air Canada, and we are thrilled to have been selected as their IFEC provider for their 787 program. We are very happy to partner with Air Canada on exciting applications and services that leverage the unmatched performance of our system in order to delight passengers and foster even higher levels of brand loyalty.”

Aerolineas Argentinas launches an in-flight wireless revolution with Panasonic Avionics
Aerolineas Argentinas, the national airline of Argentina, will revolutionize air travel for its customers as the first Latin American airline to introduce wireless in-flight entertainment, provided by Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) through its eXW wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) system.

Passengers will be able to connect to content on board the aircraft via their Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, tablets, smartphones or other devices and enjoy movies, music and in-flight service such as ordering meals.

The system is being linefit on eight Boeing 737-800s being delivered to Aerolineas Argentinas from later this year. It will be deployed on domestic flights and mid-range destinations such as those in Brazil, Peru and Chile.

Paul Margis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said, “More and more, passengers around the world are bringing their own personal devices onboard aircraft, and with our eXW Airlines everywhere have a unique opportunity to deliver a truly unique brand experience right to these mobile devices. We are proud we have been able to help Aerolineas Argentinas transform their market through real innovation.”

Mariano Recalde, President of Aerolineas Argentinas, said: “We’re delighted we can bring the sort of entertainment experience to our short haul flights which are usually available only to the long haul passenger. The eXW system will give our customers the sort of experience they only associate with wide-bodied aircraft on a narrow-bodied aircraft. Panasonic has helped us provide a pioneering solution at the right price.”
The eXW-provided portal can be configured to airline requirements, including airline branding and passenger personalization features. eXW systems will be capable of storing a minimum of 40 full-length multi-language movies, 100 short programs; 100 audio CDs; electronic newspapers, digital

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore April 8, 2014 19:17
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