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Panasonic eFX introduced in Continental 757 economy

6th December 2008 - 18:26 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Continental Airlines has introduced Panasonic’s eFX audio/video-on-demand (AVOD) IFE system in economy class on all its Boeing 757-200s. By the end of the month the economy cabins on all 41 in the fleet will have the system, which has been available in the premium cabins of these aircraft since early last year.

Continental uses its 757-200s primarily on transatlantic flights to and from New York Newark. All economy passengers will soon have individual access to up to 25 films, 25 TV shows, 50 music CDs, 20 games and the Berlitz Word Traveller language teaching programme.

Every economy seat has also received an AC power point for use with laptops and other personal electronic devices. No special adapter is needed - the ports accept the standard electric plugs of most countries.

Continental is also installing Panasonic eX2 in all classes on its Boeing 777s: 14 of the 20-strong fleet have been outfitted to date, with the rest to be completed by next May. On the 777s passengers can choose from more than 250 films, 300 TV shows, 150 CDs, 25 games and Berlitz Word Traveller.

In another major IFE/connectivity initiative, Continental plans to offer 80 channels of live TV and free text messaging and email via LiveTV at every seat on its domestic Boeing 737NGs and 757-300s. The first aircraft with the capability is expected to enter service in February.

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