Commercial, Embedded Avionics

Bombardier Connects CSeries With Panasonic 

By Woodrow Bellamy III  | May 13, 2014
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[Avionics Today May 13, 2014] Bombardier has announced an agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corp. to feature its eXConnect system as a line-fit option on its CSeries passenger jet, which is currently undergoing an extensive flight testing program in preparation for a planned entry into service in late 2015. 

CSeries FTV1 with the Ku-band antenna fairing installed on the top aft fuselage section of the aircraft. Photo, courtesy of Bombardier.

The Canadian manufacturer announced the agreement with Panasonic during the Regional Airline Association Annual Convention. Engineers have already completed the installation of Panasonic’s satellite-based Ku-band antenna on CSeries Flight Test Vehicle One (FTV1). 
“It is very exciting that airlines can now select our eXConnect(R) system for line-fit installation and provide a truly unique passenger experience enhanced with broadband Internet access, VPN services, email and much more,” said David Bruner, vice president of global communication services at Panasonic Avionics. 
Robert Dewar, vice president of Bombardier’s CSeries program, said the aircraft will also support embedded Audio and Video On-Demand (AVOD) systems.  

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