Eutelsat Communications today announced that Australian Satellite Communications (ASC) is increasing capacity leased on the EUTELSAT 172A satellite for Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), the world leader in in-flight entertainment. Australian Satellite Communications has signed a multi-year lease for a 36 MHz transponder on the EUTELSAT 172A satellite to benefit from its superior performance and coverage of the South Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand.
Singapore Airlines is formally launching In-Flight Connectivity as part of a US$50 million programme to bring internet and mobile data services to customers, even when flying at 35,000ft. Following a recent soft launch on a limited number of aircraft, In-Flight Connectivity is today available on 14 aircraft in the fleet, including all five Airbus A340-500s which are deployed on the world’s longest non-stop flights, between Singapore and both Newark and Los Angeles.
British Airways is launching a brand new instructional video for nervous flyers on its in-flight entertainment system from September 1.
Southwest Airlines, in conjunction with Row 44, is taking the next step in wireless in-flight entertainment with a preview of live TV on five of the carrier’s aircraft, with plans to expand to 20 aircraft by mid-July. Customers on these select planes will now have the option to purchase live TV consisting of seven sports and news channels, and view on their personal devices.
Japan Airlines has confirmed it will begin offering JAL SKY Wi-Fi this summer. The high-speed, wireless internet service will gradually be introduced onboard JAL’s international flights as the airline progressively equips aircraft across its international fleet with the broadband Ku connectivity solution eXConnect by Panasonic.
In its on-going efforts to invest in the latest entertainment content and newest systems, Emirates has recently upgraded the hardware on its new Boeing 777 fleet to bigger, much wider, and digitally-enhanced screens for its inflight entertainment system.