China Eastern Airlines has become the first Chinese carrier to launch inflight connectivity on its international flights.
The Skyteam member, which had previously partnered with China Telecom Satellite to offer wifi on its domestic flights, has now teamed up with Panasonic Avionics to install its eXConnect inflight connectivity system onboard the airline’s new B777-300ER aircraft.
The wifi connectivity is currently available on the airline’s flights from Shanghai to New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, and will subsequently be rolled out to other destinations including San Francisco and Vancouver in December.
China Eastern Airlines' B777-300ER
The domestic wifi service will also be expanded, with flights from Shanghai to Beijing, Guangzhou, Kunming, Chengdu and Chongqing to offer inflight connectivity.
“The goal of the China Eastern Airlines Transformation Office is to transform our inflight experience from a traditional air transport experience into a modern, integrated and connected service,” said Zhang Chi, deputy director of China Eastern Airlines’ Transportation Office.
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