April 15, 2024

Panasonic Avionics unveils larger screens for Astrova

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic Avionics) unveiled an extension of its Astrova IFE portfolio with new 4K OLED monitors for First and Business Class cabins at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg on June 6 2023.

The larger screens will be available to airlines in five sizes: 19, 22, 27, 32, and 42 inches, boosting the appeal of Astrova for the widebody aircraft market.

Each of the new monitors will be 4K OLED. It claims the image quality is sharper, clearer, and with infinite contrast ratio to deliver cinema-quality colours and perfect black.

Andy Masson, Vice President of Product Management at Panasonic Avionics, said: “Astrova is transforming the seat back into an easily configured, flexible and personalized digital channel that caters to the individual needs of each passenger, enabling airlines to engage with their customers in flight like never before.

“With the introduction of these new 4K OLED screens for premium aircraft cabins, Panasonic Avionics is enabling airlines to enhance engagement with their most high yielding passengers, helping them to not only retain existing customers, but also attract new ones.”

Andy Masson, Vice President of Product Management at Panasonic Avionics during the Panasonic Avionics press conference at the 2023 Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX).

Astrova is Panasonic Avionics’ next-generation IFE seat-end solution, launched at the 2022 edition of AIX. An airline has already selected every new size monitor introduced at AIX 2023.

Astrova creates a fully-immersive experience for passengers, with industry-leading 4K OLED screens coupled with spatial audio delivered by Panasonic Avionics’ latest Bluetooth technology.

Onboard Astrova-equipped aircraft, passengers can have up to 100 W of DC power, via USB-C, at their seat – providing the ability to fast charge nearly every current phone and tablet, and around 90% of the world’s laptops. Panasonic Avionics’ newest IFE seat-end solution also features programmable LED accent lighting that will enhance the passenger experience and enable airlines to optimize the cabin environment.

Astrova’s unique and modular architecture makes it easily upgradeable throughout its lifecycle, with minimal re-certification efforts and costs. Panasonic Avionics will provide new processors, every three to five years, along with upgrades to Bluetooth, USB power and jacks or when new technology is available.