Panasonic Avionics expands Hunter, Eutelsat partnership

To provide Lake Forest, California-based Panasonic Avionics Corporation with added capacity to address growing customer demand for its in-flight connectivity service, Hunter Communications and Eutelsat Americas, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications (Paris: ETL; NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) have expanded their multi-transponder contract on the EUTELSAT 115 West B satellite, the companies said.

Panasonic Avionics has been using the North American beam of EUTELSAT 115 West B through its arrangement with Hunter to provide its customers with connectivity for domestic flights inside Canada, from Newfoundland to the Yukon. The additional capacity helps Panasonic address the growing demand from its customers on these routes.

Panasonic Avionics is a global supplier of integrated and tailored inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) systems. The company´s solutions blend the latest in inflight entertainment technology, connectivity services, and consumer technologies, and help airlines achieve their business objectives.

Panasonic Avionics, a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation, has over 5,000 employees and operations in 80 global locations. It has delivered over 9,000 IFE systems and 1,500 inflight connectivity solutions to the world´s airlines.

Hunter Communications provides global satellite solutions for the US government, energy industry, maritime, and aeronautical sectors. The company focuses on bringing together satellite capacity from many space segment providers, the latest ground segment technology, and customers to provide innovative satellite communications solutions.

Eutelsat Communications, an operator of communications satellites, provides capacity on 39 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data, and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies.

Its satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 37 countries.