SOURCE: Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Panasonic Avionics Corporation

October 06, 2009 11:08 ET

Panasonic Avionics Introduces the Latest in Premium Class In-Flight Entertainment

PALM SPRINGS, CA--(Marketwire - October 6, 2009) - Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), the world leader in state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment and communication (IFEC) systems, today announced at the annual World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) Conference details of its high-definition, premium-class solutions for its X Series IFEC product line.

Perpetually focused on innovation in IFEC, Panasonic has integrated leading-edge technology into a suite of new products to further elevate today's premium class passenger experience, including a 32" High-Definition flat panel monitor, a High-Definition Premium Seat Electronics Box, and the company's exclusive Karma touch screen handset.

--  The 32" High-Definition flat panel monitor provides up to 1080p
    resolution with exceptional color purity and contrast ratios.  Designed for
    the premium class pod-seats and suites, the 32" monitor can also be used as
    a cabin monitor on bulkheads and monuments.
--  The High-Definition Premium Seat Electronics Box (HD-PSEB) provides
    1080p video resolution to support the new 32" HD monitor.  It also delivers
    720p video, making upgrades easy for Panasonic's current customers to
    enable HD on their existing monitors.  The HD-PSEB will also feature
    upgrades to the microprocessor, graphical processing unit, and system
    memory to further advance the premium applications and gaming experience.
--  The Karma touch-screen handset is the ultimate remote control. It
    provides a comprehensive, visually based, capacitive-touch-screen
    controller in a sleek and attractive design befitting the elevated
    requirements of today's premium class cabin products. Karma provides easy
    to use navigation for passengers and a dynamic graphical user interface
    offers airlines the option to create customized designs to effectively
    promote their brand.  Karma gives passengers the ability to simultaneously
    watch the latest video on the monitor while ordering a drink, purchasing
    duty free products, tracking the flight or chatting with another passenger.
    

"At Panasonic, our primary goal has always been to delight the passenger with our products," said Paul Margis, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation. "By combining Panasonic's industry-leading High-Definition technology into our X Series product line, we have created an experience that, in many cases, exceeds what passengers are accustomed to on the ground."

B/E Aerospace's first class seating pod (Oasis Mid-Privacy Suite) will be the first to feature the premium solutions at the WAEA conference.

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.

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