China Eastern commits to aircraft deal with Panasonic Avionics

China Eastern Airlines has increased its commitment to Panasonic Avionics (Panasonic) for global broadband connectivity services to 84 total aircraft, the company said.

The Chinese air carrier, which, in partnership with China Telecom Satellite is an early provider of broadband Wi-Fi connectivity on flights over Chinese airspace, and this agreement strengthens its long-term relationship with Panasonic.

The extended agreement, following the announcement of 20 Boeing 777-300ERs last November, includes 35 line-fit aircraft with an extensive retrofit program covering an additional 49 aircraft.

Panasonic´s Global Communications Services are available across China and on over 99.6 per cent of all air traffic routes, offering broadband inflight connectivity service that allows China Eastern passengers to access the Internet, use email and log onto social media sites while on board.