Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic Avionics) has signed an agreement with Egyptair to provide its inflight entertainment and connectivity systems (IFEC) for the African airline’s new Airbus A350-900 fleet.
Called Astrova, the seat-end solution will be linefit installed in Business and Economy classes. There will be 19-inch 4K OLED monitors in the former cabin, while the latter will receive 12-inch monitors. Connectivity services from Panasonic Avionics will be installed throughout.
Egyptair is the first African airline to use Astrova. The ‘immersive’ screens will feature high-definition capability and high-fidelity audio, accessible through the inflight entertainment provider’s Bluetooth technology.
Passengers will have up to 100 watts of direct current power, via USB-C charging. This means phones and around 90% of the world’s tablets will be charged quickly. Programmable LED lighting will also be available in Business class.
Monitors in Economy class will use the latest 4K screen technology, with faster network speeds and higher storage capacity, along with USB-A and USB-C charging.
Hernan Abbes, Vice President of Global Sales at Panasonic Avionics, said: “We’re thrilled to be to be launching Astrova in the African market with our longstanding and high valued customer, Egyptair. Our goal is to revolutionize the seatback experience and enable airlines to engage with their passengers.”
“Panasonic Avionics draws on decades of experience and innovative solutions, and we are thrilled to use their advanced seatback solutions and offer our passengers the latest and greatest technology to enhance their travel experience,” added Engineer Yehia Zakria, CEO and Chairman of Egyptair Holding.
Social media and internet users will be able to access a host of Panasonic Avionics’ connectivity applications across 99.9% of all air travel routes.