September 12, 2012
SIA invests in next-generation in-flight entertainment systems
Singapore Airlines has signed a major agreement with Panasonic Avionics for advanced in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) systems for more than 40 new aircraft on firm order with Airbus and Boeing. The agreement is valued at nearly $400m, based on the list prices of the systems and spares. Under the agreement, Panasonic Avionics will supply IFEC systems for 20 Airbus A350s due for delivery from 2014, as well as for 15 more Airbus A330-300 and eight more Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, deliveries of which are due to begin next year. Singapore Airlines will be the launch customer for Panasonic Avionics’ next-generation eX3 system for the A350s, as well as the first to deliver eX3 features on the B777-300ERs. In addition, SIA’s eX3 system will be the first to offer Panasonic’s Global Communications Suite on the A350s, which has the capability to provide broadband Internet services to passenger devices and the seat-back, mobile phone services, as well as a global live television service.