China Eastern Airlines will be introducing Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s eX3 in-flight entertainment system and wifi connectivity to its new fleet of 35 Airbus A350s and Boeing B787 aircraft, bringing in-flight connectivity to its entire wide body fleet.
The carrier has previously offered Panasonic’s global wifi service on its domestic flights – the first Chinese airline to do so – as well as implementing broadband communications on select international routes in November, 2015.
Speaking about the implementation, the airline’s CEO, Xulun Ma, said: “China Eastern Airlines understands the needs of our customers for a premium in-flight experience. Our partnership with Panasonic has proved extremely successful and we look forward to continue strengthening our relationship with Panasonic Avionics.”
According to the Panasonic, the company’s Global Communications Services is currently the only global broadband in-flight connectivity service operating in every country in the world and currently services 99.6 per cent of all air traffic routes.
“Panasonic remains the only global connectivity provider operating over China today, so we’re delighted to further strengthen our relationship with China Eastern Airlines through our third partnership agreement together,” said Paul Margis, CEO of Panasonic Avionics Corporation. “Panasonic continues to invest in developing reliable broadband wifi solutions that meet the increasing demand from passengers to be connected across the globe.”
The eX3Connect system uses Panasonic’s global Ku-band satellite network, which enables aircraft to deliver broadband connectivity over land and sea across the world.