United and Continental choose Panasonic for Wi-Fi
United and Continental Airlines have announced that they will have Wi-Fi access on all their main flights by 2015. The companies have chosen Panasonic Avionics to install the Wi-Fi systems on over 300 of their aircraft. The companies chose the Panasonic system because it offers Ku-band satellite technology that delivers faster air to ground speeds and wireless streaming of video content.
All aircraft to be outfitted by 2012
A Hong Kong-based airline, Cathay Pacific Airways, has announced plans to outfit its fleet with technology to support in-flight calling, Wi-Fi, and live TV. The Wi-Fi service, based on Panasonic Avionics technology, is claimed to provide broadband at speeds of up to 50 Mbps.
Virgin Atlantic bringing in-flight phone, data
Virgin Atlantic and Panasonic Avionics have partnered to bring Internet access to passengers in flight. The deal is worth more than $70 million and will bring Panasonic's eX2 in-flight entertainment and eXPhone products into Virgin Atlantic's A330 planes. Other aircraft will be added in the future. The deal will let passengers place calls, and send and receive text messages as well as e-mails from their own smartphones.