Panasonic secures two new Middle Eastern IFE customers


Panasonic Avionics has secured deals with both Emirates and Iraqi Airways to deliver IFE technologies.

Emirates has ordered in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems for the premium economy cabins being rolled out across its fleet, with the latest development being the retrofit of 105 A380s and B777s with the new travel class.

The cabins will feature a range of the latest IFE equipment from Panasonic Avionics, based around the 13-inch HD seatback monitors, with integrated control buttons, ultra-wide viewing angles, LED backlighting and capacitive touch. Passengers will be able to choose from more than 4,500 channels of IFE content on Emirates’ ice system, which is powered by Panasonic Avionics.

Passengers can connect their own headphones to the IFE system via Bluetooth, enjoy 3D gaming options, use the screen’s high-power USB type A and C chargers, and use AC sockets at each seat to power their electronic devices.

Meanwhile Iraqi Airways has selected Panasonic Avionics to provide IFEC solutions for its new fleet of 21 narrowbody and 10 widebody aircraft. These aircraft, which include five A220, 16 B737 MAX and 10 B787 aircraft types, will be line-fitted with Panasonic’s X Series IFE systems and are expected to enter service in October 2022.

The X Series offers full HD seatback monitors, complete with capacitive touch displays and handsets, and an intuitive, personalised interface. Passengers will also have access to USB and laptop charging power points at every seat.

The airline’s Boeing 737 MAX fleet, which will feature Panasonic’s eX1 narrowbody IFE system, also offers Panasonic Avionics’ in-flight wi-fi service, enabling connectivity benefits, from fast internet to video streaming, all powered by the company’s new satellite modem with bandwidth claimed to be up to 20-times greater than previously available.

Panasonic Avionics’ IFEC systems are also being fitted to Iraqi Airways’ new fleet of five Airbus A220 aircraft, the first of which entered service last month. Panasonic Avionics is installing its eXW solution, which delivers a wide range of content to passengers’ personal electronic devices, along with its inflight wi-fi service.

For Iraqi Airways’ Boeing 787 aircraft, Panasonic Avionics is providing its range-topping eX3 in-flight system and global high-speed connectivity services.

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