Panasonic Avionics has announced that it will double the size of its connectivity-equipped fleet by the end of 2014 following FAA certification of a bird strike compliant radome for B777-200 aircraft.
The STC for the B777-200 radome paves the way for approvals on other aircraft types, says Panasonic, which currently has more than 150 B777-200 aircraft scheduled for installation, and further STC approvals are expected in April for the B757, and for the B767 in September.
Paul Margis, president and CEO of Panasonic Avionics stated, “Airlines are requiring that their aircraft be connected quickly, and the demand for Ku-band in-flight connectivity services is enormous. This STC approval marks a major step forward in our rapid installation programme. By the end of this year, 23 airlines will be taking advantage of our unique global high speed satellite network.”