For those of you following the Airbus/OnAir/Panasonic/AeroMobile saga, you’re no doubt getting quite the chuckle out of this morning’s back-to-back press releases from Panasonic and from OnAir about IFEC offerability on the A350 XWB.
To give you a bit of clarity, Panasonic says its IFEC offerings – including eXPhone and eXConnect – are indeed line-fit offerable on the A350 and, in light of that, it “does have to meet the architectural requirements” of the aircraft.
OnAir says it is the only company meeting Airbus’ ALNA v2 requirements “as of today”. So, in all technicality, they’re both right.
Interestingly, Panasonic says it is still “working with the other non-A350 platforms for offerability with Airbus” so the saga, sort of, continues.
In the end, however, it looks like Panasonic and OnAir are going to have to play nicely, since, presumably, some A350 customers are going to want Panasonic IFE and OnAir connectivity.
And yes, I’m working on a story for the Flightglobal IFEC channel. But only a select group of you understand what I’m talking about right now. And you know exactly who you are!
(photo above from dotbenjamin’s Flickr photo stream)