HAMBURG, Germany, 7 April 2016. Saudi Arabian Airlines has selected Panasonic Avionics Corporation's eXO system for its fleet of 30 Airbus A320 aircraft on order. The carrier’s first A320 passenger jet equipped with Panasonic's latest-generation, full-high-definition (HD) inflight entertainment (IFE) experience is scheduled to be delivered in November 2016.
Panasonic's eXO overhead inflight entertainment system features the company’s new 12-inch 1080p retractable overhead monitors, near audio-on-demand, and wireless support for passenger device streaming and interaction with the IFE system. It is designed for maximum flexibility and supports a wide variety of audio video on demand (AVOD) configurations, including overhead video, wireless IFE, full AVOD, and hybrid, cabin class-specific systems.
"Not all IFEC systems are created equal,” affirms Paul Margis, president and chief executive officer of Panasonic Avionics Corp. in Bothell, Wash. “Even for an overhead system, the right technology can make a huge difference in how passengers experience an airline. With eXO, Saudi Arabian Airlines benefits from the ultimate combination of efficiency, performance, and reliability to create a premium entertainment experience throughout the aircraft."
eXO delivers the ability to mix and match cabin configurations based on an aircraft's mission profile, the airline's brand strategy, and the desired class configurations. It uses the same backbone as other X Series systems, enabling Saudi Arabian Airlines to launch a hybrid installation with audio/video-on-demand in the premium cabin and overhead video in the economy cabin, officials describe.
"We needed a solution that was incredibly flexible and delivered a true HD cinema experience,” says Director General of SAUDIA Eng. Saleh Aljasser. “The ability to configure a unique entertainment experience in each cabin class is what made eXO an easy decision for our airline. Our guests can now look forward to a unique entertainment experience in every class."
Business Class passengers will enjoy individual 13.3-inch Elite full-HD monitors and Video Touch Screen Handsets with a broad choice of on-demand content available through Panasonic's IFE system. The screens are designed with enough processing power to display the content of both today and tomorrow, as well as the resource-heavy applications that will be introduced over the coming years.
Economy Class passengers will enjoy entertainment on large, full-HD retractable overhead screens that provide a home theatre experience throughout the cabin.
Panasonic Avionics Corporation is a global supplier of inflight entertainment and communication systems. The company's solutions, supported by professional maintenance services, integrate with the cabin enabling its customers to deliver the ultimate travel experiences with a rich variety of entertainment choices, resulting in improved quality communication systems and solutions, reduced time-to-market and lower overall costs.
Established in 1979, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a U.S. corporation, is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California with over 4,100 employees and operations in 80 locations worldwide, it serves over 300 customers worldwide and provides IFEC systems on over 8,000 aircraft.
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