Posted on: 05 August 2015 by Mark Howells
A United Airlines B757-200 has become the 800th aircraft to be equipped with eXConnect, Panasonic Avionics’ global broadband connectivity service.
Delivered in in-July, it also marks the 332nd connected aircraft Panasonic has delivered to United, and comes less than four months since Panasonic announced its 700th installation.
Paul Margis, president and chief executive officer for Panasonic Avionics said, “We committed to the connected aircraft vision a decade ago and now, it’s a reality. Our goal remains the same – use connectivity to deliver business value to airlines and increase their bottom line, while delighting passengers. The numbers confirm the majority of airlines trust us to do that.”
Over 50% of all commercial airlines have chosen eXConnect for inflight connectivity, according to the company, which installed the system in over 250 aircraft in 2014. It expects to deliver its 1,000th connected aircraft by the end of 2015, and have over 12,000 connected within the next 10 years.
David Bruner, vice president, global communications services for Panasonic Avionics added, “The demand for connectivity on-board commercial aircraft has grown exponentially. In the past 90 days alone, we have delivered more than 1.2 terabytes of traffic over our network each day. Passengers today are consuming from 1.3 to 20 gigabytes of data per flight using eXConnect.”