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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Joint Venture Formed For VIP Aircraft

Lufthansa Technik AG and Panasonic Avionics Corp., on Oct. 19 signed a letter of intent at NBAA to establish a joint venture company to supply in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) and cabin management systems (CMS) for VIP aircraft.

“These new solutions will represent a fresh idea in how CMS/IFEC systems are architected for VIP are architected for VIP aircraft,” combining Panasonic Avionics X Series commercial IFE system and eXConnect and eXPhone Global Communications Suite, with Lufthansa Technik’s nice (networked integrated cabin equipment) CMS/IFE system, the companies stated.

At an exhibit-hall signing ceremony in the Georgia World Congress Center, Lufthansa Technik CEO August Wilhelm Henningsen and Panasonic Avionics CEO Paul Margis said the joint venture will be limited to VIP aircraft. But they revealed little else of the arrangement, including the brand name of the IFEC/CMS offering, which is to be announced later.

“The demand for a sophisticated system, with the latest and greatest, is our common goal,” Henningsen said.

Margis said the business pairing is “a great opportunity for us to leverage our experience putting systems on air transport airplanes. … For the VIP market, we’re looking to provide a full turnkey package.”
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