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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Singapore Airlines, Panasonic Sign Broadband Agreement

Woodrow Bellamy III

[Aviation Today Feb. 25, 2014] Singapore Airlines has a new long-term agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corp. to increase the use of Panasonic's global connectivity service to improve the carrier's aircraft monitoring and communications. 

Under the new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Singapore Airlines is looking to use the connectivity service to deliver real-time aircraft health monitoring, including engine data transmission, critical systems monitoring and detection of communications issues prior to arrival.  
 
Additionally, the airline will explore methods for using the service to perform more air to ground communications with information about turbulence, icing and weather updates.
 
“Connectivity has the potential to change the airline industry in the same way the internet changed the way business is done everywhere on the ground.  We salute Singapore Airlines for recognizing the enormous value a truly connected aircraft can bring to their operations," said Paul Margis, president and CEO of Panasonic Avionics.
 
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