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.