Posted on: 23 February 2016 by Mark Howells
The first of nine SWISS Boeing 777-300s has entered into service providing in-flight connectivity (IFC) and 3G phone services from Panasonic’s Global Communications Services as the carrier renews its focus on passenger experience.
“The recently deployed IFC will allow our passengers to enjoy a new dimension of air travel experience,” remarked Markus Binkert, CCO and member of the executive board of SWISS.
SWISS also has introduced Panasonic’s eXcite2 software to its in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems, to offer a new user interface with enhanced touch-screen performance, 3D effects and animation and richer content. eXcite2 allows SWISS to easily brand its own content, which can be used to create uniformity across both in-seat monitors and synchronised personal electronic devices. The software will also simplify regular updates.
Paul Margis, CEO and president of Panasonic Avionics, explained, “With such a significant global network, Panasonic is the natural choice for SWISS as it looks to offer its passengers a fully connected journey. Our provision of eXcite2 for the airline will also help transform not only the passenger experience, but also the ability of SWISS to open up revenue opportunities and enhance its brand through its entertainment systems.”
Each of the Boeing 777-300s are being line-fit with Panasonic’s Global Communications Services at the OEM.