Turkish Airlines has selected Panasonic’s inflight entertainment and communication (IFEC) system for its new narrowbody fleet.

The technology company’s eX1 programme will be installed onto 167 of the carrier’s aircraft, and will feature personalised entertainment, high-speed wifi access and live television services.

Turkish Airlines says that the system will recognise the travel preferences of guests and recommend content, services and amenities. Guests will also be able to create custom playlists and pair their mobile devices to the IFEC system.

On board wifi will be available, allowing passengers to “remain connected to their friends, families, co-workers through high speed access to the internet, social media platforms, corporate VPN networks and more.” Passengers will also receive customised Live Text News from Turkey’s Anadolu Agency.

The programme’s live television services will include eight global channels including Sport 24 and TRT World Turkish News Channel.

Commenting on the partnership Mr Ikker Atyci, chairman of the board and the executive committee of Turkish Airlines, said:

“We needed a solution not only capable of providing a reliable system, but also a truly immersive inflight experience to our passengers. With this additional support of Panasonic Avionics we will continue to offer the seamless flight experience to our valued passengers.

“The personalised interface designed for an optimal viewing experience combined with the industry’s largest library of games, audio, and video is what made eX1 a proper decision for our flag carrier in this regard.”

Panasonic’s eX1 system will be installed on 92 Airbus A321 neos-ACFs, 65 Boeing 737 Max 8s and 10 Boeing 737 Max 9s.


Hannah Evans