APEX 2016: China Eastern to equip 35 aircraft with Panasonic IFEC

China Eastern Airlines has announced plans to install 35 new aircraft – a mix of Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s – with Panasonic Avionics’ in-flight entertainment (eX3) and connectivity solutions.

With this new contract, the carrier’s entire widebody fleet will be equipped with Panasonic’s high-speed Ku-band satellite communications service.

Paul Margis, CEO of Panasonic Avionics, remarked, “Panasonic remains the only global connectivity provider operating over China today, so we’re delighted to further strength our relationship with China Eastern Airlines through our third partnership agreement together. Panasonic continues to invest in developing reliable broadband Wi-Fi solutions that meet the increasing demand from passengers to be connected across the globe.”

China Eastern, in partnership with China Telecom Satellite, recently became the first Chinese airline to offer Panasonic’s in-flight Wi-Fi service on domestic flights and has now begun offering it on international routes.

Xulun Ma, China Eastern Airlines’ CEO, commented, “China Eastern Airlines understands the needs of our customers for a premium in-flight experience. Our partnership with Panasonic has proved extremely successful and we look forward to further strengthening our relationship with Panasonic Avionics.”

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