JAL picks Panasonic for widebody wi-fi

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Japan Airlines (JAL) will install Panasonic Avionics’ satellite wi-fi systems across its Boeing 787, Boeing 777-200ER and Boeing 767-300ER aircraft flying international routes.

The airline operates 11 787-8s, 13 777-300ERs and 11 777-200s internationally, a fleet page on its webpage shows. The airline also operates 14 767-300ERs, a portion of which fly outside Japan.

“With worldwide coverage, unmatched regulatory approvals, and plans to deploy the world’s highest bandwidth global network, it was an easy decision to choose Panasonic for our widebody aircraft,” says Jun Kato, Japan Airlines’ executive officer of marketing and branding. “Our passengers love this high speed service, and we look forward to offering it on all of our international routes.”

The airline has been flying with Panasonic’s wi-fi system on 13 Boeing 777-300s since July 2012 and plans to expand the offering to the other aircraft types by March 2015. It has not yet disclosed which routes will be the first to see the expanded service.

JAL is also installing Gogo’s satellite wi-fi system on its 77 domestic 777-200 and 777-300s, 767-300 and 767-300ERs and Boeing 737s.