Posted on: 14 May 2014 by Mark Howells
Bombardier Aerospace (Bombardier) has chosen Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s (Panasonic) eXConnect system to provide in-flight connectivity as a line-fit option on its new single-aisle CSeries aircraft.
Installation of a satellite-based Ku-band antenna on CSeries flight test vehicle one (pictured) has been completed. The Panasonic eXConnect system allows operators of CSeries aircraft to provide passengers with a range of connectivity solutions, including internet browsing, incoming and outgoing email, mobile telephony (with the addition of Panasonic’s eXPhone system), as well as live television content from both satellite or ground reception (with the addition of Panasonic’s eXTV system).
“The eXConnect system is the only global broadband, in-flight connectivity service available in the world today, and we are thrilled that it has been chosen to join other advanced technology systems on the all-new, innovative CSeries aircraft,” said David Bruner, Vice President, Global Communication Services, Panasonic Avionics Corporation.
“Today’s passengers welcome the convenience that in-flight connectivity brings and we are working to support airlines in providing the best passenger experience,” commented Robert Dewar, Vice President, CSeries Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “In addition to offering connectivity solutions such as eXConnect, the CSeries family of aircraft has also been designed to support embedded audio and video on-demand (AVOD) systems to deliver high-quality entertainment solutions directly to passengers via seat-back monitors and also via wireless broadcast.”