Panasonic and China Telecom Satellite offer Wi-Fi at 35,000 feet
Date: 30th July 2014
Topic: Switching On
Author: Laurence Doe
Technology: Broadband, Wi-Fi
Tags: Panasonic, China Telecom Satellite, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, China Eastern Airlines
For the first time in Chinese commercial aviation, broadband-connected flights are being offered using China Telecom Satellite's aeronautical service and Panasonic Avionics Corporation's eXConnect system.
China Eastern Airlines will equip an Airbus A330, the first of 27 planes, with the eXConnect system and use China Telecom Satellite's service. It will allow passengers to use broadband Wi-Fi at altitudes of 35,000 feet.
The first aircraft has been dedicated to routes between Shanghai and Beijing. This is to allow government agencies to observe operation of the service before granting full regulatory approval for deployment on additional domestic and international routes.
"After years of close collaboration with China Eastern Airlines and China Telecom Satellite, we are now witnessing the next step in the evolution of in-flight entertainment over China,” says Paul Margis, president and chief executive officer of Panasonic Avionics. “We are very excited to bring in-flight broadband Wi-Fi to this strategic market."