Finnair opts for Panasonic eX3 IFE in widebody upgrades


Finnair’s recently revealed AirLounge business class seat (we have the in-depth story of the design) features an 18in IFE display, and it has been confirmed that Panasonic Avionics (Panasonic) is the supplier of the screens, as well as other IFE system upgrades across the airline’s widebody long-haul fleet.

Panasonic is installing its eX3 system in all cabins on Finnair’s eight Airbus A330-300 aircraft, as an upgrade from the existing eX2 systems. Finnair’s 19 A350-900 aircraft, which already carry eX3, will also see their premium cabins upgraded to the latest version of the system – including the brand-new Premium Economy cabin.

The first upgraded aircraft entered service in February 2022 and Finnair’s customers will experience HD screens at each seat, complete with capacitive touch displays and handsets, and USB and laptop charging facilities.

Finnair’s newly launched premium economy cabins feature Panasonic eX3 13in IFE displays

Finnair’s in-flight connectivity services are also provided by Panasonic Avionics, and the airline recently became the European launch customer for its Arc moving map platform.

Harri Valkama, digital channel lead at Finnair stated, “This upgrade for Finnair reflects our commitment to deliver a premium experience in every cabin on our aircraft. Having the latest technology on board will allow our customers to stay entertained as they travel long-haul. We chose Panasonic Avionics for its innovative solutions and ability to support the Finnair-developed digital inflight eco-system. We can rest assured that our customers will experience high-quality, state-of-the-art systems.”

Ken Sain, CEO of Panasonic Avionics Corporation added, “Finnair’s innovative and eye-catching widebody cabin enhancements take their passenger experience to a new level. Panasonic Avionics is honoured to be contributing to this upgrade with our latest in-flight entertainment solutions, marking the latest chapter in our relationship with this industry-leading carrier.”

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