Cathay Pacific to enhance inflight Internet and entertainment with Panasonic Avionics


Cathay Pacific and Panasonic Avionics have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the provision of full broadband connectivity on all Cathay Pacific and Dragonair passenger aircraft.

While final terms are still being negotiated, the MoU allows the parties to immediately begin developing the plan to provide connectivity for passengers together with promotional, sponsorship and e-commerce opportunities for Cathay Pacific partner brands.

Cathay Pacific is one of the first airlines to announce an intention to provide such a solution across its entire fleet. Services are expected to launch from early 2012, subject to regulatory approval.

The Panasonic Avionics connectivity solution for Cathay Pacific will comprise the eXConnect broadband service, eXPhone GSM phone service, and a CX-branded free-of-charge entertainment portal - accessible through all passenger devices and seatback screens - that will include a range of content updated during the flight, access to airline and partner sites, e-commerce, airline-specific advertising, and live television with a unique pay-per-view capability for special events.

• eXConnect provides two-way broadband connectivity supporting a wide range of passenger and crew applications, including Internet access, voice, data, and the ability to monitor and transmit airline operational data in real time at speeds of up to 50 Mbps to the aircraft.

• eXPhone, offered in collaboration with AeroMobile’s GSM mobile phone technology, allows passengers to use their mobile phones, smart phones and BlackBerry devices onboard to make voice calls, send SMS text messages or utilize data services and stream content wirelessly to their iPod, iPhone and iPad. eXPhone gives the airline flexibility and full control over the services offered including restricting certain services when appropriate.

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thanks for the heads up on this ... i will avoid this airline in the future in spite of it being so fantastic in other ways. the last thing i need on my overseas trip is being in the middle of 100 business meetings and 57 family arguments about who picks who up from the airport! they should have speaking lounges if there will be such options onboard. ack! no thank you!

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2012? long time to go. I'm actually flying with Cathay today, usually their services are great

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