SOURCE: Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Panasonic Avionics Corporation

October 07, 2009 08:08 ET

Panasonic Avionics Upgrades In-Flight Entertainment Systems on 41 Mexicana Airlines Aircraft

PALM SPRINGS, CA--(Marketwire - October 7, 2009) - Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), the world leader in state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment and communication (IFEC) systems, today announced that it has supplied its Digital Multiplexed Passenger Entertainment System (DMPES) for retrofit to Mexicana Airlines (Mexicana) single aisle fleet. Mexicana has installed the DMPES in-flight entertainment (IFEC) system on thirty-nine A318, A319 and A320 aircraft and delivered two A330s with Panasonic's eX2 system.

Business class passengers on Mexicana's single aisle aircraft enjoy a personal and portable IFEC experience with the Panasonic eXpress Personal Medial Player (PMP), a compact, durable hand-held audio visual on demand (AVOD) device. The PMP devices are preloaded with hours of rentable content for on-demand playback. With its intuitive controls and multi-language menus, plus a crisp 7-inch LCD widescreen display, the PMP is easy to use for passengers.

The Panasonic eX2 system gives passengers on Mexicana's A330 aircraft a robust application and communications hosting platform that the carrier can tailor to passenger requirements. Using in-seat user-friendly touch screen displays, passengers can enjoy access to AVOD content on the flights between Mexico City and Madrid, Spain and Europe.

Installed on Mexicana's narrow-body single aisle aircraft, the Panasonic DMPES overhead system is an advanced in-flight entertainment system using the latest technology that incorporates the System Controller with Analog Audio Output (SC-A). With 160-gigabyte media memory, the SC-A reduces space, weight, and power when compared with traditional IFEC systems by eliminating the use of tapes.

"Panasonic is extending its relationship with Mexicana Airlines by providing system configuration options so it can offer Business and Economy Class differentiation," said Paul Margis, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation. "We are proud to be its IFEC supplier of choice as the airline expands its fleet of aircraft and services."

From its operations hub in Mexico City International Airport, Mexicana Airlines flies to over 40 destinations in Europe, North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean. Founded in 1921, Mexicana provides the most extensive international flight schedule from Mexico and is the leading transportation company between Mexico and the United States. The new IFE system will enhance the in-flight entertainment experience for passengers on the airline.

"In extending our longstanding and successful relationship with Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Mexicana Airlines takes another bold step forward in providing the highest quality in-flight entertainment for our passengers," said Adolfo Crespo, Senior Vice President, Customer Service & Corporate Communications at Mexicana Airlines. "Offering dual-class IFE helps us raise the bar for passenger service in our region, leading to greater passenger satisfaction and loyalty."

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 Mexicana

Mexicana Airlines, Mexico's flagship airline, is considered the number one brand in its category. Throughout the almost 90 years it has been in operation, the carrier has built a solid reputation, earning the trust and loyalty of its passengers. Mexicana is the country's leading airline and the number one foreign airline serving the US-Mexico market. In response to changing market and industry conditions, Mexicana recently overhauled its image, offering its passengers efficient, accessible and flexible services that translate into an unparalleled travel experience and set the carrier apart from its competitors. This new corporate culture reflects the dynamism of an innovative company, while preserving Mexicana's time-honored essence and tradition. In 2008, Mexicana flew over 11.7 million passengers to its 50-odd destinations in Mexico, Central, South and North America, the Caribbean and, more recently, Europe. Its fleet is comprised of 63 aircraft -- 26 Airbus A320s, 21 A319s, ten A318s, two A330, two Boeing 767-200 and two 767-300s -- that make some 300 takeoffs a day. Not only is Mexicana reputed to have the best maintenance base in Latin America, but it is certified as a Socially Responsible Company and has won several major industry awards, including the World Travel Award for Leading Airline in Mexico and Central America on no less than 11 occasions. Its subsidiary, MexicanaClick operates 30 routes using aircraft equipped with cutting-edge technology. www.mexicana.com

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