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China Eastern Ups Panasonic Connected Aircraft Contract to 84 Planes

By Juliet Van Wagenen | July 15, 2016
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[Avionics Today 07-15-2016] China Eastern Airlines has increased its commitment to Panasonic Avionics’ for global broadband connectivity services to 84 total aircraft. The Chinese carrier, in partnership with China Telecom Satellite, was the first to offer broadband Wi-Fi connectivity on flights over Chinese airspace.

The extended agreement includes 35 linefit aircraft with and a retrofit program covering an additional 49 aircraft. Aircraft types included are: one B737-800 (retrofit), four B767-300 (retrofit), two B767-300ER (retrofit), 20 B777-300 (line-fit), 31 A330-200 (retrofit), 11 A330-300 (retrofit) and 15 A330-300 (line-fit). The aircraft will connect via Panasonic Avionics' eXConnect, which uses the company’s global Ku-band satellite network to deliver broadband connectivity to aircraft.

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