Press Release


11/15/23 | 2 MIN READ

15 November 2023 – Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic Avionics), the world’s leading supplier of in-flight engagement and connectivity systems (IFEC), has signed an agreement with Egyptair for the installation of its ground-breaking Astrova seat-end solution on the airline’s new Airbus A350-900 fleet.

With this agreement, Egyptair becomes the first airline in Africa to select Astrova.  Panasonic Avionics’ newest solution will be linefit installed in Egyptair’s A350 Business Class cabins with 19-inch 4K OLED monitors, while 12-inch monitors will be installed in Economy Class. Panasonic Avionics’ connectivity services will be installed throughout the airline’s A350 aircraft.

Astrova redefines the role of seatback IFE and enhances the opportunity for airlines to engage with their passengers. It will create an immersive experience for Egyptair’s passengers through industry-leading screens that have the best high-definition capability available, combined with high-fidelity audio, accessible through Panasonic Avionics’ Bluetooth technology.

Passengers will have up to 100 W of direct current power, via USB-C, at their seat – providing the ability to fast charge every current phone and tablet at all phases of flight, and around 90 percent of the world’s laptops. Panasonic Avionics’ newest IFE seat-end solution also features programmable LED lighting that will enhance the passenger experience and enable Egyptair to optimize its Business Class cabin environment.

The monitors in Economy Class will deliver a high-performance system for Egyptair passengers with a superior, immersive cinematic experience using the latest 4K screen technology, with faster network speeds and higher storage capacity, along with USB-A and USB-C charging.

Passengers that want to connect with friends, families, co-workers and social media during their flight will be able to use Panasonic Avionics’ worldwide in-flight connectivity services, which enable a host of high-speed next-generation connectivity applications across 99.9 percent of all air travel routes.

Hernan Abbes, Vice President of Global Sales, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said: “We’re thrilled to be to be launching Astrova in the African market with our longstanding and high valued customer, Egyptair. Our goal is to revolutionize the seatback experience and enable airlines to engage with their passengers, and we’re confident our solutions will deliver these benefits for Egyptair and its customers.”

Eng. Yehia Zakria CEO & Chairman EGYPTAIR Holding says, “As an airline, we are always seeking solutions to evolve our passenger experience around the world. Panasonic Avionics draws on decades of experience and innovative solutions, and we are thrilled to use their advanced seatback solutions and offer our customers the latest and greatest technology to enhance their travel experience.”  

For more information, contact:

Brian Bardwell

Senior Manager, Corporate Communications

Tel: +1 949 462 1742

Charlie Hampton

Tel: +44 (0)7884 187297