Etihad signs exclusive IFE deal with Panasonic

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Etihad Airways has signed a letter of intent with Panasonic Aviation for exclusive in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) solutions on the carrier's entire fleet of widebody aircraft.

The 10-year deal, which is valued at over $1 billion at list price, includes mobile phone services in conjunction with AeroMobile.

The agreement covers the deployment of Panasonic's eX2 and eX3 IFEC systems on 100 new aircraft, in addition to the 16 aircraft already equipped with the eX2 system.

Etihad said that it will install Panasonic's eX2 system on its new Airbus A380s, Boeing 787s and 777-300ERs. Etihad will use Panasonic's eX3 solution for its new Airbus A350 aircraft.

In addition, the carrier will install Panasonic's Global Communications Suite, which provides in-flight broadband connectivity, mobile phone service and live television content.

The agreement also includes a full service maintenance contract, Etihad added.