Saudi Arabian Airlines selects Panasonic eXO IFE for A320s


April 5, 2016 – Today at Aircraft Interiors Expo, Saudi Arabian Airlines confirmed its commitment to fly Panasonic’s eXO system on its fleet of 30 Airbus A320s on order, with the first aircraft due to be delivered in November 2016.

eXO is an overhead system featuring Panasonic’s new 12in 1080p retractable overhead monitors, ‘near audio-on-demand’ and wireless support for passenger device streaming and interaction with the IFE system. The system supports a variety of AVOD configurations including overhead video, wireless IFE, full AVOD, and hybrid cabin class-specific systems.

Paul Margis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, stated, “Even for an overhead system, the right technology can make a huge difference in how passengers experience an airline. With eXO, Saudi Arabian Airlines benefits from the ultimate combination of efficiency, performance and reliability to create a premium entertainment experience throughout the aircraft.”

eXO delivers the ability to mix and match cabin configurations based on an aircraft’s mission profile, the airline’s brand strategy, and the desired class configurations. It uses the same backbone as other X Series systems, enabling Saudi Arabian Airlines to launch a hybrid installation with 13.3in Elite full HD monitors and video touchscreen handsets in the premium cabin and overhead HD video in the economy cabin.

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Ever since his first flight on a TriStar, Adam has loved air travel, and since becoming editor of the Aircraft Interiors International brand he has really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the latest aircraft and airline products before they are even launched. Adam co-ordinates the running of the magazine, from commissioning articles and artwork, to ensuring that high standards of quality are maintained, as well as managing online content. Adam is proud to sit on the jury of the Crystal Cabin Awards and to have laid on the bed in Etihad's Residence.

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