HAMBURG, GERMANY – April 5, 2017 – Embraer announced today that it has selected Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) to provide inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) for the E-Jets E2, the second generation of E-Jets family of commercial aircraft. The new contract extended the partnership between the two companies, with Panasonic offering now Wi-Fi Streaming Entertainment and Wi-Fi connectivity services for the E2s aircraft.
“Panasonic offered a world class solution for wireless IFE and global broadband connectivity systems aboard the E-Jets E2. The extended partnership helps us to ensure our airline customers can offer their passengers a premium experience all over the world,” said Fernando Antonio Oliveira, Embraer Director for the E-Jets E2 Program.
Embraer customers will now benefit from Panasonic’s industry-leading management tools and services that enable the delivery of an enhanced entertainment experience and increased broadband connectivity to passengers. The technology also offers a robust business platform for the airlines. The system will be installed in the E2 demo aircraft.
“Panasonic is proud to enhance our eight year relationship with Embraer. This latest milestone ensures that airlines can now offer passenger’s access to the industry’s leading broadband communications and wireless entertainment solutions”, said Mark Jennings, Chief Operating Officer, Panasonic Avionics Corporation.
Panasonic’s Global Communications Services, which include broadband connectivity, live television and mobile phone services, are available on over 99.6% of all air traffic routes. It is the only global, broadband inflight connectivity service operating in every country in the world today. With eXW, passengers can enjoy on-board movies, music, news, and in-cabin services through their own personal devices. It supports Windows, Mac OS, and iOS devices, as well as browsers including Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.
The E2 has accrued 275 firm orders, in addition to 415 options, purchase rights, and letters-of-intent, totaling 690 commitments from airline customers and leasing companies. Currently, the E-Jets are operating with about 70 customers in 50 countries, being the global leader in the segment of aircraft with up to 130 seats, with over 50% market share.
About Panasonic Avionics Corporation
Panasonic Avionics Corporation is the world’s leading supplier of inflight entertainment and communication systems. The company’s best-in-class solutions, supported by professional maintenance services, fully integrate with the cabin enabling its customers to deliver the ultimate travel experiences with a rich variety of entertainment choices, resulting in improved quality communication systems and solutions, reduced time-to-market and lower overall costs.
Established in 1979, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a U.S. corporation, is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California with over 4,100 employees and operations in 80 global locations, it has delivered over 8,000 IFE systems and 1,000 inflight connectivity solutions to the world’s leading airlines. For additional information, please visit www.panasonic.aero
Embraer is a global company headquartered in Brazil with businesses in commercial and executive aviation, defense & security. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, providing customer support and services.
Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. About every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year.
Embraer is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 130 seats. The company maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers, among other activities, across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.
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