Qatar Airways pick Panasonic for 777 IFE upgrade

Launch airline for EcoFW 10” IFE Upgrade

Panasonic Avionics announced that Qatar Airways is the launch customer for its new EcoFW 10” inflight entertainment (IFE) upgrade program.

Panasonic is updating the seatback IFE monitors on the airline’s fleet of 37 Boeing 777 aircraft the new EcoFW 10” monitor upgrade to create a next-generation HD passenger experience while extending the life of the fleet’s IFE system, and reducing operational costs.

The IFE upgrade, which can be achieved on an aircraft during routine overnight maintenance, includes the installation of a new passenger entertainment server.

The upgrade will enable Qatar’s IFE, Oryx One, to provide passengers with a wider range of content. It helps modernise the airline’s offering and keep up-to-date with the demands of changing passenger preferences.

All these benefits are achieved without any increase in weight, and with dramatically improved reliability levels.

The first aircraft from Qatar Airways’ 777 fleet completed its IFE upgrade this week.

This commitment from Qatar Airways marks the latest milestone in a longstanding partnership with Panasonic, which first started in 2000.

Ken Sain, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation:

“We are delighted to be deepening our longstanding partnership with Qatar Airways by upgrading a key element of their fleet with our latest generation of inflight entertainment solutions. We are confident this will enable them to deliver an enhanced passenger experience and benefit from a host of operational efficiencies.”

In late September Qatar Airways announced 100 days of free high speed wi-fi onboard for all passengers.

About Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways is the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar. It’s base is Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha.

Qatar Airways has 57 Boeing 777 aircraft

Qatar Airways is the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar. It’s base is Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha.

Routes: Over 150 international destinations across Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Far East, South Asia, Middle East, North America, South America and Oceania.

Fleet: Qatar Airways currently operates a fleet of more than 180 passenger aircraft, comprising:

  • 2 Airbus A319
  • 29 Airbus A320
  • 3 Airbus A321
  • 18 Airbus A330
  • 49 Airbus A350
  • 10 Airbus A380
  • 57 Boeing 777
  • 30 Boeing 787

(Details from on 27 September 2020)

Alliance: oneworld

N.B. Image credit: Panasonic Avionics

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