Panasonic partners with Lufthansa Technik to retrofit A380s

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) and Lufthansa Technik are to retro-fit all in-service A380s with Panasonic’s Global Communications Services.

The joint agreement allows in-service A380s to be equipped and certified with Panasonic’s broadband connectivity and mobile phone solutions. It is claimed to be the first time Airbus has allowed this type of communications hardware to be retrofitted onto the airframe type.

With Panasonic’s Global Communications Services, passengers will be able to access the internet, log into social networks and watch live, global television content with Panasonic’s eXTV system. They will also be able to use their mobile phones to send and receive phone calls or text messages and to use GPRS services.

Lufthansa has been announced as the first customer with the installation being undertaken by Lufthansa Technik.

"With this agreement we have made great progress with Lufthansa Technik towards providing this very important service to our airline customers and their passengers,” commented David Bruner, Vice President for Global Communications Services, Panasonic Avionics.

“We are very pleased to partner with Panasonic Avionics as they have an established wide A380 customer base of high-quality in-flight entertainment and communications services,” said Bernd Freckmann, Vice President, Base Maintenance Services for Lufthansa Technik.

With installations beginning in 2014, the developed platform complies with current manufacturer and industry standards allowing full commonality with a concurrent line fit installation.

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