Panasonic takes big screens to the skies

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Panasonic Avionics has unveiled what it says is “the highest resolution and largest monitor in the [commercial] in-flight entertainment space today”.

The new 32in, high-definition LCD monitor is part of a package of new premium in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions for Panasonic’s X Series product line.

It was showcased for the first time in a B/E Aerospace ‘Oasis’ seat frame at the recent World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) conference and exhibition in Palm Springs, California (see above).

Carriers including Emirates, Ethiad and Swiss offer this seat, but the largest screen flying is only 27in (only, she says) and can be found in Swiss’ first class cabin.

Two customers have already signed on for the 32in monitor. But while 32in of pure viewing pleasure is spectacular, some airlines want even bigger screens.

“We have requests from customers who want 37in or 42in screens,” says Panasonic, noting, for example, that some airlines are looking at ultra-large screens to set up a sports bar-type common area for passengers.

Now that would be nice…

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One Response to Panasonic takes big screens to the skies

  1. Dave October 20, 2009 at 3:39 pm #

    I’m not going to be satisfied until I have my own personal 67 inch LCD, X-box 360, and PS-3, embedded into to the seat-no, let make that chamber, it would be similar in design to the one Darth Vader had in the Empire Strikes Back- except with a larger, better screen and game systems attached.