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Cathay shows off iPod connectivity with new biz class seat

Cathay Pacific has unveiled its new business class seat, with a Panasonic in-flight entertainment system (eX2). The carrier lays out all the details and provides pictures on its web site. But what I find most interesting is the close-up shot above provided by the carrier. Cathay is clearly excited about the iPod connectivity it will […]

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Will Ka-band in-flight connectivity leapfrog Ku?

While Thales doesn’t come right out and say it, the firm appears to be now hedging its bets that Ka-band satellite-based in-flight connectivity is the wave of the not-too-distant future, and that carriers should think twice before taking the leap to a Ku-band product – such as those on offer from rival Panasonic Avionics and […]

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Three more customers for Panasonic high-speed Internet

Upon reading my recent article about the selection by Turkish Airlines of Panasonic Avionics’ Ku-band satellite-based connectivity solution eXConnect for its new long-haul aircraft, one high-level industry executive gave me a good tongue lashing via email, saying I drew conclusions from the Panasonic press release beyond what the manufacturer said.I assured the executive that I […]

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Turkish is going to treat you oh SO good

Panasonic has finally given us the name of another customer for its global communications suite (GCS), and it’s a good one! Turkish Airlines will equip its new Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A330-300s with the full suite, comprising Ku-band satellite-based ‘eXConnect’ high-speed Internet, mobile phone connectivity and live television (a proprietary broadcast TV distribution network). The […]

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Two statements…too funny

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 […]

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SBB versus Ku…the war that wasn’t?

Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband (SBB) aeronautical service is going to become standard on all new Airbus long-range aircraft and there is reason to believe that Boeing may follow Airbus’ lead and make SBB standard on its 787 twinjet (paving the way for SBB to find a place on other Boeing widebodies, including the 747-8).So why is there […]

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Big bandwidth for big boys’ toys

Panasonic Avionics likes to do things BIG. That’s why the in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) giant, which is bringing its eXConnect Ku-band connectivity solution to market, is offering business jet operators a special eXTraBandwidth package, which “provides a tiered offering of guaranteed, consistent bandwidth for high quality communications, such as dedicated voice, video conferencing and […]

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PODCASTS: Lufthansa and Panasonic on broadband deal

Readers of this blog were not a bit surprised by this morning’s announcement that Lufthansa has inked a deal with Panasonic to reignite Ku-band satellite-based in-flight broadband connectivity on its overseas flights via the IFEC giant’s eXConnect solution; and that the carrier will offer AeroMobile’s GSM/GPRS service through Panasonic’s branded eXPhone system. IAG’s Addison Schonland […]

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AeroMobile gets huge penetration as it readies for transatlantic

AeroMobile is about to show the massive transatlantic market what its GSM/GPRS service is made of. The Arinc/Telenor partnership’s mobile connectivity solution, branded by Panasonic Avionics as eXphone, is part of the connectivity suite being provided by the IFEC giant to Lufthansa, which, by the way, is already making press arrangements for Monday’s big announcement. While […]

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Man at work: Panasonic and another eXConnect deal

Fourteen months after Panasonic Avionics snatched up Charles Ogilvie from Virgin America to lead its Chinese adventures, the IFE giant has opened its China Region headquarters in Hong Kong (nicely timed with the Aircraft Interiors Expo in that illustrious city). Panasonic has also revealed it is in advanced negotiations with a Chinese carrier for its Global Connectivity Suite (GCS), […]

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