Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic Avionics) has announced China Eastern Airlines (China Eastern) as the launch customer in China for its in-flight Live Television service.
The service will be rolled out across its entire wide-body fleet of Airbus A330, A350 and Boeing B777 and B787 aircraft in the future, initially providing its passengers with unmissable live television coverage from major local broadcasters, such as CCTV and CGTN.
Live Television is enabled by Panasonic Avionics’ third-generation (Gen-3) communications network of high-speed, high-bandwidth Ku-band satellites. The network covers over 99% of all routes, and places capacity where it is most needed to meet the growing needs of airlines and its passengers.
The most recent addition to the Gen-3 network is APSTAR 6D, Panasonic Avionics’ first extreme high-throughput satellite, which has significantly boosted satellite capacity over China through teleports which have just gone live in Beijing. This will enable China Eastern, and other airlines based in China and flying over it, to benefit from this enhanced capacity and a range of other in-flight connectivity services.