SOURCE: Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Panasonic Avionics Corporation

September 17, 2009 12:00 ET

Panasonic Avionics eX2 In-Flight Entertainment System Installed on US Airways' A330 Aircraft

LAKE FOREST, CA--(Marketwire - September 17, 2009) - Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), the world leader in state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment and communication (IFEC) systems, today announced that US Airways is installing its eX2 system on 15 Airbus A330-200s. The announcement was part of the carrier's initiative to enhance its trans-Atlantic business class service. The first A330 aircraft with the eX2 system entered service in June 2009.

As a result of the upgrade, US Airways passengers will be able to enjoy a dynamic in-flight entertainment system with the features and functionality that are revolutionizing IFEC today. The eX2 system will enable US Airways to tailor the IFEC solution to their specific passenger requirements. Along with in-seat audio and video on demand (AVOD) for the full aircraft, US Airways passengers will be able to choose from movies, television programming, music CDs and a number of applications including:

--  Passenger Surveys - Share thoughts to help the airline improve
    performance
--  PAXUS - A Web-based passenger tracking and usage data analysis tool
--  Voyager Moving Map - Watch real-time flight progress with multiple map
    views and interactive features
--  Games - single-player and multi-player gaming with choices from
    multiple genres
    

Passengers in US Airways' Envoy will be able to access content and applications via a 12.1" touch-screen monitor or standard handset. Passengers in economy will have 9" touch-screen monitors and a USB port.

"The Panasonic eX2 system offers the very best in a fully digital in-flight entertainment network," said Paul Margis, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation. "As more carriers seek to differentiate their service and optimize the in-flight entertainment experience of their passengers, more and more are turning to the functionality, flexibility and reliability of eX2."

About Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Panasonic Avionics Corporation is the world's leading supplier of in-flight entertainment and communication systems. The company's best-in-class solutions, supported by professional maintenance services, fully integrate with the cabin enabling airlines 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 (NYSE: PC). Headquartered in Lake Forest, California with over 3,100 employees and operations in 80 locations worldwide, it serves over 200 customers worldwide and provides IFEC systems on over 3,700 aircraft. For additional information, please visit www.panasonic.aero.

About US Airways

US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,000 flights per day and serves more than 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Latin America. The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 17,000 daily flights to 916 destinations in 160 countries worldwide. And for the eleventh consecutive year, the airline received a Diamond Award for maintenance training excellence from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its Charlotte, North Carolina hub line maintenance facility. For more company information, visit usairways.com.

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