Middle East Airlines signs up for Panasonic IFEC


Lebanon-based Middle East Airlines-Air Liban (MEA) has selected Panasonic Avionics (Panasonic) to provide the inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) systems for 15 Airbus A321 family aircraft.

Of the 15 aircraft, nine A321neos are due to be delivered from July 2020 onwards, and will be the first connected aircraft to join MEA’s fleet. They will be linefitted with Panasonic’s eX1 seatback IFE solution, designed specifically for narrowbody aircraft.

The systems will include full HD seatback monitors with touch displays and handsets, and an intuitive, personalised user interface. Passengers will also have access to USB and laptop charging power points at every seat.

MEA’s A321neos will also be fitted with Panasonic’s inflight Wi-Fi service, with connectivity benefits ranging from fast internet to video streaming, all powered by its new satellite modem which offers bandwidth claimed by Panasonic to be up to 20-times greater than previously available.

Mohamad El Hout, chairman and director-general of MEA, said, “We are happy to partner again with Panasonic Avionics. MEA’s new aircraft are equipped with its state-of-the-art inflight entertainment systems including wi-fi connectivity for the first time, reflecting the company’s ambition to provide customers with the best products the industry has to offer.”

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