Posted on: 04 February 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Panasonic Avionics Corporation has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) to provide communications systems for COMAC’s C919 family.
While final terms are still being negotiated, the LOI allows the parties to begin work immediately on a custom communications solution that will let passengers use their own devices for mobile phone services and internet access on board a C919 while in flight.
Panasonic has teamed with China Electronics Technology Avionics (CETCA), which is based in Chengdu and is a leader in the field of airborne avionics systems. It work especially in the design, development, integration, production, sales, maintenance and services of both hardware and software of commercial airborne avionics systems, subsystems and equipment, and related ground system and equipment.
“We are very excited at the opportunity to work with COMAC on an inflight connectivity solution,” declared Paul Margis, Panasonic Avionics’ CEO. “China is one of the world’s most connected societies, and passengers onboard COMAC’s C919 will be able to enjoy a high quality mobile phone and internet experience at 30,000 feet."