Company History

For nearly a century, the Matsushita name has been synonymous with superb manufacturing quality. Matsushita began its expansion into the field of avionics in 1979, quickly establishing itself as a market leader by being one of the first companies to market video equipment and offer passenger control units (PCUs) to the airline industry.

Matsushita Avionics Systems Corporation was established in 1979 as a wholly-owned subsidiary to the Panasonic Corporation, and in 2005 became Panasonic Avionics Corporation. Today, we are the world’s leading supplier of inflight entertainment and communications (IFEC) solutions.

Our Technology

The avionics technology that now distinguishes our IFEC solutions was inspired, in part, by the development of an ultra-thin radio that launched portable electronics. Matsushita’s interest in avionics was raised when the use of surface-mount technology made it possible to build an incredibly reliable, wafer-thin radio.

The idea was to develop it as a product for use in a market where reliability, compactness, and light weight would be particularly valuable. This beginning was the impetus for Panasonic’s vision of providing IFEC solutions.

Corporate Milestones

1979 – Matsushita Avionics Systems Corporation is established

1980 – Signed first contract to provide a Passenger Entertainment System (PES) / Passenger Service System (PSS) for the B767-200

1986 – Moved headquarters to Bothell, Washington

1990 – Research & Development (R&D) facility opened in Irvine, California

1991 – Adopted the Panasonic Avionics Environmental Charter

1995 – Bothell and Irvine operations joined forces as Matsushita Avionics Systems Corporation

1998 – Introduced the first Audio Video on Demand (AVOD) 1.0

1999 – Relocated corporate, engineering, production, and administrative operations to new state-of-the-art facility in Lake Forest, California

2001 – System 3000 – First full-cabin Audio Video on Demand (AVOD) enters revenue service; iXplor first software only Passenger Video Information System (PVIS)

2003 – eFX – First in-service all digital IFE system; first to deliver all digital TV

2005 – Matsushita Avionics Systems Corporation becomes Panasonic Avionics Corporation

2005 – First IFEC supplier to adopt RoHS environmental design

2006 – eX2 – First in-service all digital twin-aisle system

2006 – First and only to deliver Mobile Office

2006 – Launched Global Communications Suite, bringing mobile phone and broadband connectivity to aircraft worldwide

2007 – First in revenue service on A380

2010 – First in revenue service on B787 X Series – Full iPod® integration

2011 – eX3 – Panasonic’s first passenger-centric business platform IFEC solution

2011 – eXW – Panasonic’s first wireless IFEC solution

2011 – eXLite – Panasonic’s lightest and lowest power retrofit IFEC solution


The executive leadership that shapes the vision for our company


Konosuke Matsushita

Over 35 years of innovation and a proud history of industry firsts



Our basic management objectives and seven basic principles


Brand Promise

Our pledge to customers that outlines our unique offering