Aircraft Cabin Management

Panasonic Avionics wins Finnair IFE upgrade contract

Finnair has selected Panasonic Avionics to upgrade its inflight entertainment (IFE) systems across its widebody fleet.

The IFE upgrade is part of the Nordic cabin enhancements being introduced by Finnair across its long-haul fleet, including the introduction of a new Premium Economy cabin.

Panasonic Avionics is installing its latest ‘eX3’ system in all cabins on Finnair’s eight Airbus A330-300 aircraft – upgrading them from its ‘eX2’ system. Finnair’s 19 A350-900 aircraft, which already carry eX3, will also see their premium cabins upgraded to the latest version of the system.

The first upgraded aircraft entered service in February 2022.

“Finnair’s innovative and eye-catching widebody cabin enhancements take their passenger experience to a new level,” said Panasonic Avionics’ chief executive officer Ken Sain. “Panasonic Avionics is honoured to be contributing to this upgrade with our latest inflight entertainment solutions, marking the latest chapter in our relationship with this industry-leading carrier.”

Finnair’s digital channel lead Harri Valkama commented: “This upgrade for Finnair reflects our commitment to deliver a premium experience in every cabin on our aircraft. Having the latest technology on board will allow our customers to stay entertained as they travel long-haul. We chose Panasonic Avionics for its innovative solutions and ability to support Finnair developed digital inflight eco-system. We can rest assured that our customers will experience high-quality, state-of-the-art systems.”

Finnair’s inflight connectivity services are also provided by Panasonic Avionics, and the airline recently became the European launch customer for its ‘Arc’ map platform.

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