June 25, 2024

Middle East Airlines ups its inflight tech offer

Panasonic Avionics has been selected by Middle East Airlines-Air Liban (MEA) to provide inflight entertainment and connectivity solutions for 15 of its Airbus A321 family aircraft.

Upon delivery from July 2020 onwards, nine A321neos will become the first connected aircraft to join MEA’s fleet. They will be line-fitted with Panasonic’s eX1 seatback IFE solution, designed specifically for narrowbody aircraft.

The eX1 solution offers full HD seatback monitors, complete with touch displays and handsets, and an intuitive, personalised interface. Passengers will have access to USB and laptop charging power points at every seat as well.

MEA’s A321neos will also be fitted with Panasonic’s inflight wifi service, with next generation connectivity benefits including fast internet and video streaming, powered by its new satellite modem which offers bandwidth up to twenty times greater than previously available.

The high-performance connectivity is seen as a powerful way for airlines to build brand loyalty by delivering new and personalised content to passengers inflight.

Mohamad El Hout, chairman – director general of MEA, said: “We are happy to partner again with Panasonic Avionics. MEA’s new aircraft is equipped with its state-of-the-art inflight entertainment systems including wifi connectivity for the first time, reflecting the company’s ambition to provide customers with the best products the industry has to offer.”