Posted on: 02 February 2016 by Mark Howells
tA Boeing 777-300 delivered in mid-December to China Eastern Airlines has become the 1,000th commercial aircraft to use Panasonic Avionics' Global Communications Services network.
Since December 2015, Panasonic has equipped an additional 25 aircraft with the solution, bringing the total number to 1025. In 2016, the company hopes to add a further 600 aircraft to its Ku-band satellite network and predicts 34% of installations will take place at the OEM during production.
Panasonic Avionics' president and CEO Paul Margis, stated, “Our connectivity solutions combine operation benefits with an elevated passenger experience. Reaching the benchmark of 1,000 connected aircraft shows that our customers realise Panasonic's compelling business proposition. Over the next 12 months our focus will be on helping customers better utilise our network to improve efficiency and the way they can engage with their passengers."
“This year, we will introduce several new enhancements to our network, the passenger experience, and the ability of our customers to monitor their aircraft in real time,” continued David Bruner, VP Global Communications Services, Panasonic Avionics. “In April, we will introduce high throughput satellite (HTS) service over North America and the Atlantic. Europe and the Middle East will follow later that year, and by mid-2017, we will complete our HTS network, offering over 200 megabits per second in regions that cover 80 percent of all traffic routes.
“Leveraging our unique HTS design, we’ll be able to tailor the in-flight experience to match passenger expectations for bandwidth and give them even more access to the services that they use every day on the ground," added Bruner. "We will also be able to expand the number of channels available in our global live television service, which continues to become increasingly important to our customers and their guests.
“We are actively working with our customers on several key operational initiatives. Whether it’s highly accurate, real-time weather and EFB applications that help pilots make better informed inflight decisions, global flight tracking, real time remote monitoring and data analysis or even telemedicine, we are committed to helping our customers realise the real value of the connected aircraft,” concluded Bruner.