Air China, the flag carrier and one of the major airlines of the People’s Republic of China, has selected inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions from Panasonic Avionics for its fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft.
Panasonic will provide its eX3 inflight entertainment for 10 Air China A350 aircraft. Air China’s first A350 will be delivered in December 2017.
By selecting eX3, Air China will offer a unique passenger experience that includes audio and video on demand, a content library that can offer up to 300 movies, 200 TV shows, games, music, a moving map, and much more.
The A350 aircraft will also offer global connectivity services, which will allow Air China passengers to keep in touch with friends, families, co-workers and current events everywhere these aircraft fly. Panasonic operates its connectivity service in 210 countries, including China.
Hideo Nakano, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation:
“We are honored to partner with Air China on its A350 program. Because the airline’s route structure includes very long flights to all seven continents, it needed an IFEC solution that would help keep passengers entertained and offer new opportunities to generate revenue.”
“With eX3, Air China will offer its passengers a memorable experience that lets them watch movies and television, listen to music or connect to their favorite social media applications like WeChat. The reliability, performance and flexibility of eX3 and our connectivity service makes it an ideal choice for these aircraft.”
About Air China
Air China is the flag carrier and one of the major airlines of the People’s Republic of China, with its headquarters in Beijing. Air China’s flight operations are based at Beijing Capital International Airport. The main subsidiaries of Air China are Air China Cargo, Air Macau, Shenzhen Airlines, Dalian Airlines and Beijing Airlines.
Routes: In December 2016, Air China operated 378 routes, including 102 international routes, 14 regional routes and 262 domestic routes, serving 176 cities in 41 countries and regions, including 64 international cities, 3 regional cities and 109 domestic cities.
Fleet: Almost 400 passenger aircraft.
- 33 Airbus A319
- 46 Airbus A320
- 60 Airbus A321
- 56 Airbus A330
- 144 Boeing 737
- 10 Boeing 747
- 29 Boeing 777
- 9 Boeing 787
(Note: Exact figures are not available, these are best estimates from various reliable sources.)
N.B. Image credit: Air China