Panasonic Avionics has scored another customer, with Air Belgium taking on their services for their new Airbus A330-900neo fleet.
The agreement will see both of Air Belgium’s A330neo aircraft equipped with Panasonic Avionics connectivity and mobile services, enhancing the onboard passenger experience.
The airline’s two new A330neos, the first of which entered into service this weekend, will be fitted with Panasonic Avionics’ full HD seatback monitors, complete with handsets, touch displays, and personalized interfaces.
Air Belgium’s passengers will also experience in-flight connectivity, powered by Panasonic Avionics’ global network of high-speed, high-bandwidth satellites, delivering a host of next-generation connectivity benefits such as fast internet and in-flight mobile phone services.
The system will also feature Arc – Panasonic Avionics 3D in-flight moving map platform.
Ken Sain, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics, said, “
We are delighted to be working with Air Belgium to enhance the passenger experience on their new fleet. By tailoring the way we offer our award-winning solutions to meet the individual needs of carriers, we are able to create a product portfolio that can fit every airline’s business model.”
“Our in-flight entertainment and connectivity solutions will help Air Belgium strengthen their long-haul operations and drive customer satisfaction as they look to grow in the years ahead.”
Niky Terzakis, Chief Executive Officer at Air Belgium, said,
“We are thrilled to be joining forces with Panasonic Avionics to continue to enrich and elevate our onboard experience. Their flexibility and innovative approach in delivering IFE and connectivity perfectly complements our internal resources and strategy.”
Adding to the passenger experience
With Air Belgium moving away from the Airbus A340 to the new world of the A330-900neo, steps to improve the passenger experience aren’t optional – they’re mandatory, as passengers expect to be connected and to be entertained on the long-haul legs.
A quality IFE solution helps in this, along with a connectivity solution to connect customers from the air to the ground.
It’s also interesting for Air Belgium to take ARC – something that has seen very limited deployment so far. It will be interesting to see if more airlines start to look toward this solution.
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