Etihad Airways has signed a deal with Panasonic that will see live in-flight television offered in all its long-haul aircraft. The 10-year agreement, which is valued at more than US$1 billion, will see Panasonic’s eX2 and eX3 IFEC systems installed on 100 new aircraft, in addition to the 16 aircraft already equipped with the eX2 system.
These systems will offer in-flight entertainment systems and onboard connectivity, including broadband internet and live TV, for the airline’s entire long-haul fleet of wide-body aircraft, including its new Airbus A380s, Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A350 XWBs.
“It is essential that we offer the most engaging and dynamic in-flight entertainment for our guests – especially on long-haul flights. We went through a comprehensive technical and commercial evaluation of what was out there in the market. Panasonic will support Etihad Airways’ commitment to delivering a system that will enable us to stay at the leading edge in this all-important area,” said Etihad’s CEO, James Hogan.
Pictured (from left): James Hogan, CEO, Etihad Airways, and Paul Margis, CEO, Panasonic Avionics.