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Panasonic delivers 100th digital overhead AV system to American Airlines

23rd May 2009 - 12:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Panasonic Avionics Corporation has signed an agreement with long-time customer American Airlines to install the Panasonic Digital Overhead Audio/Video System on multiple aircraft in its fleet. As part of this agreement, Panasonic will install its 100th Digital Overhead Audio/Video System onboard an American Airlines aeroplane.

"Panasonic is very proud to continue our long, successful relationship with American Airlines," said Paul Margis, Panasonic's chief executive officer. "We are also very pleased to celebrate our milestone delivery with one of our most valued customers."

New installations of the Panasonic Digital Overhead Audio/Video System are already in service on 58 Boeing 767-300, 10 Boeing 767-200, and four Boeing 737-800 aircraft in the American Airlines fleet. The new contract also includes the retrofitting of IFE systems on 106 Boeing 757-200s to be completed by November 2015 and five Boeing 767-200s to be completed by July 2009.

The Panasonic IFE system is also in production on 72 Boeing 737-800 aircraft to be completed by October 2010.

The new agreement also includes retrofitting of 18 Boeing 757-200 international aircraft with Panasonic IFE systems for In-Seat Audio and Video-on-Demand in first class and Digital Overhead Audio/Video capability in Economy Class. These aircraft retrofits are already in progress and will be completed by December 2009, with the first two aircraft already in service.

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