Posted on: 12 July 2016 by Mark Howells
Panasonic Avionics and partner China Telecom Satellite (CTS) are to extend their Ku-band in-flight connectivity (IFC) trial by a further year, enabling more airlines to use Panasonic’s Global Communications Services over Chinese airspace.
The companies estimate that as a result, over 20 foreign airlines (with more than 1,000 aircraft) are expected to begin operating connected flights in the region.
In addition, Panasonic’s Chinese airline customers – including China Eastern Airlines, Xiamen Air, Hainan Airlines and China Southern Airlines – have begun preparations to offer connectivity services across their global route structure.
This marks significant growth for the service, which was initially offered by 12 foreign airlines on just over 200 aircraft and three Chinese-registered airlines representing 30 connected aircraft.
David Bruner, VP Global Communications Services for Panasonic Avionics, commented, “We have worked closely with CTS for the past several years to support connected flights over China with our global broadband service. Today’s announcement is the next step in this special partnership, and we look forward to working with CTS over the months ahead to roll this service out across our approved international customer base.”