Thursday, August 6, 2015

Panasonic notes install milestone, usage figures

Panasonic Avionics announced yesterday it has delivered the 800th aircraft equipped with its global broadband connectivity service, eXConnect. The company expects to deliver its 1,000th connected aircraft by the end the year.

The system was installed on a 757-200, delivered in mid-July to United Airlines. The 757-200 was also the 332th connected aircraft that Panasonic has delivered to United.

Since 2008, Panasonic says more than 50% of all commercial airlines have chosen eXConnect for inflight connectivity. Last year Panasonic increased its backlog to more than 2,300 aircraft, and is expected to have more than 12,000 aircraft connected the global network within the next 10 years.

“The demand for connectivity onboard commercial aircraft has grown exponentially,” said David Bruner, Vice President, Global Communications Services for Panasonic Avionics, in yesterday’s announcement. “In the past 90 days alone, we have delivered more than 1.2 terabytes of traffic over our network each day. Today’s passengers today are consuming from 1.3 to 20 gigabytes of data per flight using eXConnect.”

Last year, 1.4 million passengers watched the FIFA World Cup aircraft equipped aircraft eXTV. According to Panasonic there was also high volume traffic as passengers tuned in to the Woman’s World Cup and Wimbledon tennis tournament. 

eXPhone service, offered in conjunction with Aeromobile, has also seen higher volume usage year over year. Over the last 12 months, there was 40% increase in passengers using the service, 41% more calls, a 35% increase in voice call minutes, almost 40% more SMS being sent and a 232% increase in data traffic for email, web browsing, and other applications.”

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