Reconfigured cabin of Aeroflot 777-300 aircraft.

HAECO completes Boeing 777 cabin reconfiguration for Aeroflot

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Reconfigured cabin of Aeroflot 777-300 aircraft.

HAECO Hong Kong has completed the cabin reconfiguration of three Aeroflot Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

The Russian carrier unveiled its first long-range Boeing 777 aircraft with the retrofitted cabin in August 2021.

The new cabin interior has been reconfigured to accommodate 427 passengers, an increase in capacity from 402 seats. This includes 28 Super Diamond NG seats equipped with sliding doors in Business class, 24 seats in Comfort class and 375 seats in Economy class.

The seat pitch averages 80 cm in economy class and 96 cm in comfort class. Business class passengers can enjoy individual suites with sliding doors and extra armrests, providing a high level of privacy. Each private suite is also fitted with an 18.5-inch HD monitor and a two-metre full-flat bed.

Passengers in all cabin classes can access the latest generation Panasonic eX3 in-flight entertainment system.

HAECO Hong Kong, a member of the HAECO Group, accomplished this Supplemental Type Certificate input with Boeing as a design integrator.

Aeroflot will operate the retrofitted Boeing 777 on all popular international and domestic routes, including Dubai, New York, Los Angeles, Mahé, Delhi, Yerevan, Bishkek, Baku, Tashkent, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

Emirates announces major retrofit programme

Emirates announces major retrofit programme

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Emirates announces major retrofit programme

Emirates is to retrofit 105 of its modern wide-body aircraft with its Premium Economy product, in addition to other cabin enhancements.

The 18-month retrofit programme, scheduled to begin at the end of 2022, will be entirely conducted at Emirates’ state-of-the-art Engineering Centre in Dubai. It will see 52 Emirates A380s and 53 Boeing 777s fitted with a new cabin class –Premium Economy. The airline is also considering installing a brand-new Business Class product on its Boeing 777 aircraft, with customised seats in a 1-2-1 layout.

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said: “Emirates is investing in this retrofit programme to ensure that we continue to serve our customers’ needs, and provide the best experiences in the sky. Since we introduced our Premium Economy seats a year back, we’ve received a hugely positive response. Customers have been amazed by the quality and comfort. As Emirates has done with our signature First, Business and full-service Economy travel experiences, we intend to further develop our Premium Economy into a distinctive Emirates experience that is unmatched in the industry. We are also considering a brand-new Business Class product. More details will be revealed in due course.”

Sir Tim added: “It is also a source of pride that the entire retrofit project will be conducted at our home base in Dubai. It demonstrates the strong aviation capabilities that has been built up within Emirates airline and the broader UAE ecosystem to support such a highly specialised and technical programme.”

At the end of the retrofit programme, Emirates will have a total of 111 Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft offering Premium Economy seats, including the 6 A380s that would have been delivered to the airline with four cabin classes by December 2021.

On the Emirates Boeing 777, 5 rows of Economy class seats located just behind Business Class will be removed to install 24 Premium Economy seats laid out in 2-4-2 configuration. On the Emirates A380, 56 Premium Economy seats will installed at the front of the main deck also in 2-4-2 configuration.

Covered in anti-stain leather with stitching details and a wood panel finishing, each seat is designed to provide optimal comfort and support with six-way adjustable headrests, calf rests and footrests. Offering a pitch of up to 40-inches, each seat is 19.5 inches wide and reclines eight inches into a comfortable cradle position with ample room to stretch out. Other thoughtful touches include easily accessible in-seat charging points, a wide dining table and side cocktail table.

The airline has also extended its partnership with Panasonic to provide a suite of IFEC solutions for the new cabin class.

SIA'a new business class Throne seat

Singapore Airlines unveils new narrowbody cabin experience

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SIA'a new business class Throne seat

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched new cabin products, which will be rolled out on its narrowbody Boeing 737-8 fleet in the coming weeks, as the carrier replicates the onboard experience with that of its widebody fleet.

Singapore Airlines has invested around S$230 million on the development, design, and installation of the new industry-leading cabin products, which elevate the standard for short- and medium-haul travel on board narrowbody aircraft.

Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President Commercial, Singapore Airlines said: “This is the culmination of three years of innovation and hard work, involving extensive customer research and close partnerships with designers and suppliers. As a result, we can now offer customers a premium travel experience across our entire full-service network, no matter how long or short their journey.

All of SIA’s 737-8 aircraft will have 154 seats in two classes, 10 in business class and 144 in economy class, with new cabin products featuring bespoke elements that have been designed especially for the SIA customer.

Designed by London-based Factorydesign and manufactured for Singapore Airlines by Thompson Aero Seating, the business class seats are arranged in a forward-facing staggered 2-2, 1-1, 2-2 abreast configuration. AIM Altitude has provided the accompanying front row monuments.

Measuring up to 22 inches in width, the business class seat reclines directly into a comfortable full-flat bed (76 inches). These seats are made with premium materials with bespoke embroidery in custom patterns and textures. The seat cushions and covers use the same soft furnishings as those found on SIA’s medium-haul aircraft, providing a higher level of comfort for short-haul flights.

The business class seat is designed to wrap smoothly in a cocoon-like formation around the customer, which enlarges personal space and provides better privacy. A divider between the adjacent seats provides a new stowage area for personal items, as well as the bi-fold meal table. Other features include USB charging ports and in-seat power supply, a reading light with adjustable brightness, mood lighting, and a pocket under the monitor that provides easy stowage during taxi, take-off and landing.

The two standalone business class seats (seats 12B and 12J) have additional table-top and stowage spaces, and a side stowage compartment equipped with a mirror and LED light.

Andy Morris, VP Commercial at AVIC Cabin Systems, said: “We are really proud of the look and feel of the seating we have produced for Singapore Airlines. The design and layout of the seats makes the single-aisle Boeing 737-8 feel spacious, and the colour scheme, materials, and optional extras selected by Singapore Airlines have given an extra touch of luxury. The Vantage is such a versatile seat, with many optional features and customisation opportunities, it perfectly complements our VantageSOLO offering.”

The economy class seat, built by Collins Aerospace, offers improved space and comfort with its sleek slim-line design. The latest generation seat model in its class, the seat comes with a contoured backrest for better support and four-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings.

Singapore Airlines has selected Panasonic Avionics’ eX1 IFE solution for its new fleet. The system features full-HD seatback monitors in both the Business Class and Economy Class, complete with capacitive touch screen displays and USB charging ports. Each Business Class seat’s IFE comes with an additional handset and in-seat power outlets.

Singapore Airlines has also selected global in-flight connectivity services from Panasonic Avionics which can deliver average speeds up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) to the aircraft, with peak speeds reaching 200 Mbps and higher. The airline’s in-flight connectivity experience, powered by Panasonic Avionics’ global network of high-speed, high-bandwidth satellites will deliver a host of next-generation connectivity benefits, including fast internet and in-flight mobile phone services.  This will enable the airline to meet the growing connectivity demand of travellers today and into the future.

The passenger experience made possible by these IFEC solutions also includes the company’s immersive 3D in-flight map platform, ArcTM. This visually stunning, in-flight map experience brings a wide range of innovations to the traditional map application, helping to increase overall customer engagement and loyalty made possible through a fully integrated IFE and connectivity system. The agreement with Singapore Airlines represents the first launch of Panasonic Avionics’ Arc map platform on the 737-8 platform.

“This significant investment demonstrates Singapore Airlines’ commitment to maintaining our leadership position in the airline industry. As air travel recovers, our customers can continue to enjoy world-class products and award-winning service across our fleets.”

SIA’s 737-8 aircraft will progressively enter into service on short- to medium-haul flights across the Airline’s network in the coming weeks.

Panasonic Avionics has been selected by Emirates to deliver a suite of in-flight entertainment (IFE) solutions for its premium economy cabin being rolled out across its fleet.

Emirates continues relationship with Panasonic for premium economy experience

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Panasonic Avionics has been selected by Emirates to deliver a suite of in-flight entertainment (IFE) solutions for its premium economy cabin being rolled out across its fleet.

Panasonic Avionics has been selected by Emirates to deliver a suite of in-flight entertainment (IFE) solutions for its premium economy cabin being rolled out across its fleet.

Panasonic Avionics’ IFE systems are being integrated into the premium economy cabin being introduced on Emirates’ 52 Airbus A380 and 53 Boeing 777 aircraft, with the first due to enter service in the summer of 2022.

This follows the unveiling of Emirates’ premium economy cabin in December 2020, and its initial rollout on several of its newest A380 aircraft.

Emirates’ new premium economy cabins will feature a range of the latest IFE innovations from Panasonic Avionics. Thirteen-inch HD screens will be fitted at each seat, with integrated control buttons, ultra-wide viewing angles, LED backlighting and capacitive touch helping passengers choose from over 4,500 channels of entertainment on Emirates’ ice system powered by Panasonic Avionics.

Passengers can connect their own headphones to the IFE system via Bluetooth, experience its 3D gaming options, use the screen’s high-power USB type A and C chargers, and use AC sockets at each seat to power their laptops.

Ken Sain, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said: “Emirates is a longstanding and highly valued customer, and a world leader in the passenger experience it creates. We are thrilled to be partnering with them to deliver innovations that will help put their new premium economy in a class of its own.”

Image: From left to right: Adel Al Redha, Chief Operating Officer, Emirates Airline, and Ken Sain, CEO, Panasonic Avionics Corporation
Saudia has selected Panasonic for the provision of 4K and Bluetooth audio in-flight entertainment on its 35 new Airbus A321neo family aircraft.

Saudia selects Panasonic for 4K and Bluetooth IFE

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Saudia has selected Panasonic for the provision of 4K and Bluetooth audio in-flight entertainment on its 35 new Airbus A321neo family aircraft.

Saudia has selected Panasonic for the provision of 4K and Bluetooth audio in-flight entertainment on its 35 new Airbus A321neo family aircraft.

Panasonic already provide IFE for Saudia’s fleet of Airbus A320 and Boeing 787-10 aircraft – with 45 aircraft utilising its technology.

Panasonic’s NEXT IFE system will be installed on 20 new Airbus A321neo and 15 Airbus A321neoXLR aircraft and has been configured to evolve with the future business objectives of the airline.

In addition to the full cabin advanced HD experience, Saudia will also feature Bluetooth audio streaming, allowing Saudi’s passengers to use their own Bluetooth-enabled headphones.

Business class features 16-inch screens and wireless charging, while economy class offers 12-inch 4K screens, and high-power USB charging at every seat.

Captain Ibrahim Koshy, Chief Executive Officer at Saudi Arabian Airlines, said: “We are delighted to be partnering again with Panasonic Avionics who have consistently delivered on their product commitments to provide reliable, engaging, tailored in-flight entertainment for our guests. Implementing their 4K and Bluetooth technology onboard our new fleets will ensure we deliver the best passenger experience in the skies.”

Image: From left to right in the foreground: Captain Ibrahim Koshy, CEO, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Ken Sain, CEO, Panasonic Avionics Corporation.
Iraqi Airways has selected Panasonic to outfit its new fleet of 21 narrowbody and 10 widebody aircraft with in-flight entertainment and connectivity.

Iraqi Airways opts for Panasonic IFEC services

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Iraqi Airways has selected Panasonic to outfit its new fleet of 21 narrowbody and 10 widebody aircraft with in-flight entertainment and connectivity.

Iraqi Airways has selected Panasonic to outfit its new fleet of 21 narrowbody and 10 widebody aircraft with in-flight entertainment and connectivity.

These aircraft, which includes five A220, 16 Boeing 737MAX and 10 Boeing 787 aircraft types, will be line-fitted with Panasonic’s X Series IFE solutions and are expected to enter service in October 2022.

Panasonic Avionics’ X Series offers full HD seatback monitors, complete with capacitive touch displays and handsets, and an intuitive, personalised interface. Passengers will have access to USB and laptop charging power points at every seat as well. The X Series portfolio also includes eXW, which delivers a premium passenger experience to passengers’ personal devices.

The airline’s Boeing 737 MAX fleet, which will feature the company’s eX1 narrowbody IFE solution, also offers Panasonic Avionics’ in-flight Wi-Fi service. Its next-generation connectivity enables a host of connectivity benefits, from fast internet to video streaming, all powered by its new satellite modem featuring bandwidth up to twenty times greater than previously available.

Panasonic’s IFEC solutions are also being fitted to Iraqi Airways’ new fleet of five Airbus A220 aircraft, the first of which entered service last month. To meet the airline’s requirement of offering state-of-the-art wireless IFE streaming on its A220 fleet, Panasonic is installing its eXW solution, which delivers a wide range of content to passengers’ personal electronic devices, along with its in-flight Wi-Fi service.

For Iraqi Airways’ B787 aircraft, Panasonic Avionics is providing its eX3 in-flight system and global high-speed connectivity services.

AA will screen all this season's NFL games live

Sport 24 renews contract with NFL

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AA will screen all this season's NFL games live

Sport 24 has renewed and expanded its partnership with the National Football League (NFL) for a further five years, building on a relationship which started in 2014.

The IMG-owned and operated service will broadcast 100 live NFL games per season to passengers on select airlines including ANA, Emirates, Etihad, JetBlue and Turkish Airlines.

The agreement includes all international games, Playoffs, Pro Bowl and Super Bowl which shall take place on Sunday, 13 February 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

Sameer Pabari, Managing Director of International Media at the NFL, said: “Our fans are keen to follow the action wherever they are, and we are pleased to continue our relationship with Sport 24 to bring fans NFL games while in-flight.”

Richard Wise, SVP, Content and Channels, IMG’s media business, added: “We are delighted to grow our partnership with NFL for an additional five years. NFL has been a key component of our premium US sports offering and Super Bowl has always been one of Sport 24’s most popular events. With its large global fanbase, we have no doubt it will be a huge hit onboard.”

Kim Creaven joins Panasonic Avionics as Director of Advertising Sales

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Kim Creaven has been appointed as Director of Advertising Sales at Panasonic Avionics.

Kim Creaven has been appointed as Director of Advertising Sales at Panasonic Avionics.

Reporting to Andrew Mohr, Panasonic Avionics’ Vice President, Digital Solutions, Creaven, who joins from Anuvu where she was Vice President of Sales, Strategy and Partner Marketing, serve as the organisational lead for all Panasonic Avionics’ market-driven, advertising-related solutions.

In this role, she will be responsible for the development and oversight of the business to include product, sales, and marketing solutions that maximise opportunities for the monetisation of passenger engagement through in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) systems.

Creaven will work with customers, stakeholders, and third-party vendors to help develop and execute product and marketing strategies for its advertising services across the company’s business verticals.

Andrew Mohr said: “There is incredible room for growth in the in-flight advertising space, and Kim’s expertise and in-depth industry knowledge will contribute greatly to unlocking that potential through Panasonic Avionics’ IFE and Connectivity.”

Creaven said: “As Panasonic Avionics continues its advances in digital ancillary revenue innovation, we will be taking today’s in-cabin entertainment experience to the next level of engagement with our industry-leading advertising services.”

“I will use my experience and passion for our industry to help Panasonic Avionics become the lead in onboard advertising and ancillary revenue standards and to deliver innovative customer partnerships across the globe.”

Air Belgium has selected Panasonic to provide in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions for the carrier’s new Airbus A330neo aircraft.

Air Belgium selects Panasonic as A330neo IFEC provider

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Air Belgium has selected Panasonic to provide in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions for the carrier’s new Airbus A330neo aircraft.

Air Belgium has selected Panasonic to provide in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions for the carrier’s new Airbus A330neo aircraft.

The agreement will see Air Belgium’s A330neo aircraft equipped with Panasonic Avionics’ renowned connectivity and mobile services, enhancing the onboard passenger experience.

The airline’s two new A330neos, the first of which has entered into service, will be fitted with Panasonic Avionics’ full HD seatback monitors, complete with handsets, touch displays, and personalised interfaces.

Air Belgium’s passengers will also have access to 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.”

Lebanon's national carrier, Middle East Airlines (MEA) has selected Panasonic as its in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) provider for 15 of its new Airbus A321 family aircraft.

Middle East Airlines trials Live TV

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Lebanon's national carrier, Middle East Airlines (MEA) has selected Panasonic as its in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) provider for 15 of its new Airbus A321 family aircraft.

Middle East Airlines-Air Liban (MEA) has started a two-month trial of Panasonic Avionics’ in-flight Live Television service, on its fleet of nine Airbus A321neoLR aircraft.

MEA’s customers will be able to watch the live action from the world’s top sporting events, including the NFL, NBA, NHL, all four Tennis Grand Slams, all four Golf Majors, the NRL, the UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, Bundesliga, and more.

The Live Television service onboard MEA’s aircraft will be powered by Panasonic Avionics’ in-flight connectivity services, and broadcast through its eX1 in-flight entertainment platform, both of which were launched on the airline’s A321neoLR fleet in 2020.

eX1 is designed specifically for narrowbody aircraft and offers elegant full HD seatback monitors, complete with touch displays and handsets, and an intuitive, personalised interface.

Andrew Mohr, Vice President of Digital Solutions for Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said: “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Middle East Airlines and to enhance the in-flight experience they provide by bringing live news and the world’s best sporting action to their passengers.”

Houssam Moghrabi, Head of In-flight Services at MEA, said, “Panasonic Avionics is a proven partner for MEA. The trial of their Live Television service is a natural next step following the installation of their state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems last year, which has been well received by our passengers.”