Panasonic signs LOI with COMAC for C919

Panasonic has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) to provide communications systems for COMAC’s C919 aircraft.Final terms are still being negotiated but the LOI allows parties to begin working on a custom communications solution that will let passengers use their own devices for mobile phone services and internet access on board COMAC’s C919 aircraft while in flight.A leader in the field of airborne avionics systems, China Electronics Technology Avionics Co. Ltd. (CETCA), has teamed up with Panasonic. CETCA is providing expertise in the design, development, integration, production, sales, maintenance and services of both hardware and software of the commercial airborne avionics system, subsystem and equipment, and related ground system and equipment.Paul Margis, Chief Executive Officer for Panasonic, commented, “We are very excited at the opportunity to work with COMAC on an in-flight connectivity solution. China is one of the world’s most connected societies, and passengers onboard COMAC’s C919 aircraft will be able to enjoy a high quality mobile phone and internet experience at 30,000 feet."

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