Gulf Air has selected Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s Global Communications Suite for worldwide in-flight broadband connectivity, mobile phone service and live TV. Once the final terms are agreed, Panasonic will install its broadband Ku solution eXConnect, eXPhone and the eXTV TV network across the entire Gulf Air Fleet. The retrofitting will be implemented progressively from September 2011 and will take two years to complete.
Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer, Samer Majali said; “Gulf Air is moving forward with its new strategy of re-fleeting and introducing high quality products and services that bring a new dimension to our customers’ travel experience. It is imperative, therefore, that our fleet, both current and future, is fitted with state-of-the-art entertainment and communications systems.
“We have selected global leader Panasonic’s Global Communications Suite after evaluating several other systems that would meet our requirement and fit in with our new strategy. This is a perfect choice as it not only offers our customers a technologically superior, integrated voice, video, data, telephony and television programmes – all in high-speed broadband connectivity – but also assures our passengers of a consistently a high quality product across our fleet. I am sure our passengers will be experiencing a refreshing change onboard that they wouldn’t have seen before,” he added.
Paul Margis, Chief Executive Officer for Panasonic, added; “Panasonic is honored to announce Gulf Air as a customer for our Global Communications Suite; it is obvious that both companies share the same belief that broadband connectivity will fundamentally change IFEC in terms of passenger experience and operational efficiency.
“With our Global Communications Suite, Gulf Air will be able to create a deeply immersive, content-rich environment like nothing their passengers have experienced before. With applications and services such as live television, social networking, and much more – all backed by the ability to optimize and troubleshoot the system in real time – we believe that Gulf Air will set a new standard for in-flight entertainment,” he added.
Passengers will be able to access high speed internet, 3G-4G mobile data speed connectivity, voice over the internet (VOIP), streaming videos and a live TV satellite stream across continents.