Panasonic eX2 for China Southern A380s
China Southern Airlines has selected Panasonic’s eX2 AVOD inflight entertainment system for its five Airbus A380s, the first of which is due for delivery next year.
The contract restores Panasonic’s lead over rival Thales in A380 selections, following the recent British Airways decision in favour of the latter. Lake Forest, California-based Panasonic has also been contracted to supply eX2 for China Southern’s Boeing 787s.
Other announced A380 positions for eX2 are Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines. Besides British Airways, Air France and Etihad have opted for Thales’ TopSeries for their A380s.
Overall, eX2 selections have been announced by a total of 23 airlines: 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 A330-200/300, A340-300/500 and A380, and Boeing 747-400, 767-300 and 777-200/200LR/300/300ER. 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.