Bombardier Aerospace has announced that the installation of a satellite-based Ku-band antenna on CSeries flight test vehicle one (FTV1) is now complete. The installation comes as the company teams with Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) to offer in-flight global connectivity as a line-fit option for the first time on a single-aisle aircraft.
The Panasonic eXConnect system allows operators of CSeries aircraft to provide connectivity solutions, including internet browsing, incoming and outgoing email, mobile telephony (with the addition of Panasonic’s eXPhone system), as well as live television content from both satellite or ground reception (with the addition of Panasonic’s eXTV system).
“The eXConnect system is the only global broadband, in-flight connectivity service available in the world today, and we are thrilled that it has been chosen to join other advanced technology systems on the all-new, innovative CSeries aircraft,” said David Bruner, VP of global communication services at Panasonic Avionics Corporation. “It is very exciting that airlines can now select our eXConnect system for line-fit installation and provide a truly unique passenger experience enhanced with broadband internet access, VPN services, email and much more.”
“In addition to offering connectivity solutions such as eXConnect, the CSeries family of aircraft has also been designed to support embedded audio and video on-demand (AVOD) systems to deliver high-quality entertainment solutions directly to passengers via seat-back monitors and also via wireless broadcast,” said Robert Dewar, vice president, CSeries Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
During early programme phases, the CSeries aircraft design team reserved space for a variety of AVOD and connectivity systems to ensure there would be no impact on the aircraft’s cargo or cabin stowage spaces.