Another Finnair first: airline launches Arc inflight map in Europe


Following the reveal of its new long-haul passenger experience, which includes the launch of two seat models, Finnair is also set to become the launch customer for Panasonic Avionics’ Arc inflight map platform.

The immersive map will be available through the airline’s Panasonic eX3 in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, enhanced by Panasonic Avionics’ high-speed connectivity services, which are also installed across Finnair’s long-haul fleet. Arc will be available to all passengers, in all cabin classes.

Arc will be installed on the airline’s 19 Airbus A350-900 and eight A330-300 aircraft, with the first having entered service on 10th February. Passengers will be able to Using use Arc to choose from over 20 distinct map views in full HD for various phases of flight, incorporating everything from 3D satellite imagery, local and global views, down to a personalised feature that enables passengers to see the aircraft’s relative position to their selected map location throughout their flight.

Harri Valkama, digital channel lead at Finnair stated, “Finnair is striving to create a unique, differentiated IFE user experience and we are excited to take the 3D map experience to the next level with Panasonic Avionics, going beyond offering a traditional third-party off-the-shelf app. We found it very valuable to actively participate and influence the development of the Panasonic Arc map based on the feedback received from our customers. The map will be an integral part of the Finnair IFE user interface and we see big potential in the possibilities enabled by open APIs. In the future, Arc Studio will enable us to easily make changes to the Arc map and influence how the map is shown to our customers.”

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