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China Eastern, Air Tahiti Nui Contract for Panasonic Avionics IFC, IFE

By Juliet Van Wagenen | October 24, 2016
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China Eastern airlines and Air Tahiti Nui have signed on for IFE and IFC with Panasonic Avionics
China Eastern airlines and Air Tahiti Nui have signed on for IFE and IFC with Panasonic Avionics. Photo: China Eastern aircraft

[Avionics Magazine 10-24-2016] Two airlines have contracted with Panasonic Avionics to connect their fleets: China Eastern Airlines and Air Tahiti Nui.

China Eastern Airlines has selected Panasonic’s eX3 In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system and Wi-Fi connectivity service for its fleet of 35 new A350s and Boeing 787 aircraft. China Eastern Airlines, in partnership with China Telecom Satellite, was the first Chinese carrier to offer Panasonic’s global Wi-Fi service on domestic flights and has already begun offering broadband communications on its international routes. With this latest award, China Eastern Airlines’ entire wide-body fleet will be equipped with Panasonic’s high-speed communications service.

Additionally, Air Tahiti Nui, the French airline flying from Tahiti, has selected Panasonic to equip its Boeing 787 Dreamliners with global connectivity and IFE systems. Air Tahiti Nui will equip four of its Boeing 787-9s with Panasonic’s Wi-Fi service as well as its eX3 IFE system. The platform will offer passengers a high-definition screen for IFE, together with an advanced broadband service through eXConnect, the company’s Ku-band satellite system.

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