SIA picks Panasonic for IFEC on 787-10 and A350-900 ULR

Singapore Airlines has ordered 67 A350s and 30 787-10

Singapore Airlines has chosen Panasonic eX3 for IFEC on its B787-10 aircraft and A350-900 Ultra-long-haul aircraft.

Panasonic will deliver connectivity and inflight entertainment solutions that are custom-tailored to Singapore Airlines’ KrisWorld system on board their B787-10 aircraft and A350-900 Ultra-long-haul aircraft. Singapore Airlines will be the launch customer for both fleets.

This announcement comes on the heels of the delivery of Singapore Airlines’ first A350 aircraft equipped with Panasonic’s flagship inflight entertainment and global connectivity systems.

The eX3 system used by Singapore Airlines is Panasonic’s most advanced IFEC system. When used in conjunction with Panasonic’s Global Communication Services, it offers the latest in onboard technology communication products and over 1 TB of entertainment options.

Passengers will also enjoy higher levels of personalisation via the Panasonic companion app, which when integrated with KrisWorld delivers unrivaled opportunities around passenger engagement.

The experience will also include the capability to provide broadband Internet services to passenger devices and the seatback, as well as mobile phone services.

Paul Margis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics:

“We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Singapore Airlines to their new medium haul and ultra-long-haul aircraft. Together, we have continually pushed the envelope to discover new ways to engage passengers and to leverage the benefits of the connected aircraft. We look forward to working with Singapore Airlines for many years to come.”

Singapore Airlines took delivery of its first A350 in March 2016. Starting May 9, the aircraft  will be used for long-haul flights to Amsterdam, and to Düsseldorf in July.

In 2018, an ultra-long-range variant of the A350 known as the A350-900ULR is set to be added to SIA’s fleet, for the re-launch of the non-stop flights between Singapore and New York, as well as to Los Angeles, and a third destination to the United States.

SIA has ordered 67 A350s including seven ultra-long-range versions. It’s also buying 30 787-10 planes from Boeing, scheduled for first delivery in 2018.

In February this year, Singapore Airlines announced it will equip its medium-haul A350s with Thales’ AVANT inflight entertainment (IFE) and Ka-band connectivity.

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