AIX 2015: China Southern announced as launch customer for Panasonic’s eXO IFE

tChina Southern is set to become the launch customer for Panasonic Avionics' (Panasonic) eXO overhead in-flight entertainment (IFE) system -­ designed for single aisle aircraft ­- on its new narrow-body fleet of Airbus A320s and A321s, which are scheduled to be delivered from early 2016.ttPanasonic Avionics' CEO, Paul Margis, commented, “eXO provides a low-cost, lightweight and fully integrated system that gives forward-thinking airlines like China Southern the power to scale the system as necessary and improve the passenger experience with our ever-evolving in-flight offering. We are delighted that China Southern Airlines will be our launch customer in such a dynamic market as Asia.”ttThe new fleet being equipped will with eXO will initially consist of 54 aircraft, with an option of a further 50 as the airline expands. The system will deliver overhead retract screens in Full 1080p High Definition, clear digital audio, and in-seat high power USB charging for tablets and smart phones.ttThe eXO system is also capable of supporting wireless media to personal electronic devices and seatback AVOD, which can all be achieved using a single 4MCU server unit.ttFinally, eXO offers Near Audio On Demand, a provision unique to Panasonic, which lets passengers skip or repeat audio tracks with the press of a button on the capacitive touch passenger control units.

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