Commercial

Panasonic, American Airlines in IFE Pact

By Tish Drake | May 22, 2009

Panasonic Avionics Corp., of Lake Forest, Calif., signed an agreement with American Airlines to install its Digital Overhead AudioVideo System on multiple aircraft in its fleet. As part of this agreement, Panasonic will install its 100th Digital Overhead AudioVideo System onboard an American Airlines plane. New installations of the system are already in service on 58 Boeing 767-300s, 10 Boeing 767-200s and four Boeing 737-800s in the American Airlines fleet. The new contract also includes the retrofitting of in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems on 106 Boeing 757-200s to be completed by 2015 and five Boeing 767-200s to be completed by July. Panasonic is scheduled to begin the retrofits in the fourth quarter of 2009. The Panasonic IFE system is also in production on 72 Boeing 737-800s to be completed by 2010. The agreement also includes retrofitting of 18 Boeing 757-200s with Panasonic IFE systems for In-Seat Audio and Video-on-Demand in First Class and Digital Overhead AudioVideo capability in Economy Class. These aircraft retrofits are already in progress and will be completed by December 2009, with the first two aircraft already in service, Panasonic said.

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