Posted on: 12 November 2015 by Ross McSweeny
China Eastern Airlines has introduced Panasonic Avionics’ eXConnect in-flight connectivity (IFC) service on its newest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, becoming the first Chinese airline to offer Wi-Fi on-board international flights.
The service will initially be offered China Eastern's services from Shanghai to New York, Los Angeles and Toronto before being rolled out on other routes including San Francisco and Vancouver in December.The airline will also offer IFC on domestic services including Shanghai to Beijing, Guangzhou, Kunming, Chengdu and Chongqing. By the end of 2015, in-flight Wi-Fi will be available on 20 of China Eastern's aircraft.
Zhang Chi, deputy director of the airlines’ transformation office at China Eastern, said, “The goal of the China Eastern Airlines Transformation Office is to transform our in-flight experience from a traditional air transport experience into a modern, integrated and connected service. For China Eastern Airlines, in-flight connectivity and Wi-Fi go beyond allowing passengers to be connected to Internet; it also dramatically improves our service model. With a connected aircraft, all of our service support systems will be linked and available to passengers in real-time, which will allow us to curate an even better experience for our guests.”
“We have worked closely with China Eastern Airlines over several years to create the first international services from a Chinese carrier with globally-available inflight broadband,” added Paul Margis, Panasonic Avionics’ president and CEO. “Today's launch is the culmination of this special partnership, and we'll look forward to working with China Eastern over the months ahead to roll this service out across their international network.”