American to install Panasonic wi-fi on 777-200s and 787s

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American Airlines will outfit its Boeing 777-200 and 787 fleets with Panasonic Avionics’ Ku-band satellite wi-fi system, announced the airline’s director of in-flight entertainment Brian Richardson during a webcast at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today.

In addition to the connectivity, the airline will be retrofitting the aircraft with “nose-to-tail” in-flight entertainment, says Richardson. This will include in-seat entertainment and power outlets at every seat, the airline says.

The carrier will begin retrofitting its 777-200ERs “early this year,” says the airline. The technology will be line-fit on the 42 787 aircraft that American will begin receiving later this year.

American introduced Panasonic’s Ku-band wi-fi technology on its 777-300ER aircraft in February.