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Avianca receives its first Panasonic eX2-equipped A330

2nd October 2008 - 01:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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COLOMBIAN carrier Avianca has taken delivery of the first of ten Airbus A330s equipped with Panasonic’s eX2 IFE system.

eX2 is Lake Forest, California-based Panasonic’s most advanced IFE product. In Avianca service it will give passengers access to audio and video on demand, iXplor dynamic maps, games, passenger surveys, connecting-gate information, in-seat power and office productivity tools. Panasonic is also supplying eXport, which allows passengers to listen to and view the contents of personal media players, including iPods and iPhones, through the in-seat system.

A total of 23 airlines have now announced eX2 selections. The other publicised commitments have come from Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Austral, Air New Zealand, All Nippon, Asiana, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Continental, Delta, El Al, Emirates, Finnair, Jet Airways, Korean Air, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, TAM, TAP Air Portugal and United.

The system is installed variously in the Airbus A330-200 and -300, A340-300 and -500, and A380, and Boeing 747-400, 767-300 and 777-200, -200LR, -300 and -300ER. It is also destined for the Boeing 787-8 and -9. Panasonic says that eX2 installations now exceed a hundred and that more than 900 examples have been ordered by carriers worldwide.

Announced takers for Panasonic’s eFX narrowbody system are Air India (737-800), Air New Zealand (A320-200), American (767-300), Continental (757-200), Egypt Air (737-800), Jet Airways (737-700 and -800), LAN Chile (A318, A319, A320), Philippine Airlines (A319, A320), Sonair (737-700), Starflyer (A320), TAM (A319, A320, A321), United (747-400, 767-300) and Virgin America (A319, A320). Panasonic reports that eFX orders topped a thousand earlier this year.

The Digital MPES broadcast system has been selected by Aeroflot (A320), Hamburg International (A319), KLM (737-700), Mexicana (A318, A319, A320) and Qantas (767-300).

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