INTERIORS EXCLUSIVE: Panasonic acquires majority stake in AeroMobile

March 26, 2012

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Aeromobile small INTERIORS EXCLUSIVE: Panasonic acquires majority stake in AeroMobileInflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) giant Panasonic Avionics has acquired a majority stake in AeroMobile, the APEX editor’s blog can exclusively reveal.

Panasonic has been a partner to AeroMobile for at least three years, having branded its mobile connectivity hardware as eXPhone, and selling it as part of its Global Communications Suite.

“We have worked together in many areas, both on the safety side but also on the technical side and installation side. Just before Christmas, Panasonic reached agreement with AeroMobile parent Telenor to take a majority stake in AeroMobile,” says AeroMobile CEO Pal Bjordal.

“So AeroMobile is a joint venture between Panasonic and Telenor. We are part of the Panasonic group. Our customers have been made aware of this and also there will be some [formal] announcement at AIX in Hamburg.”

Bjordal, who will continue in his role as CEO of AeroMobile, says the joint venture is “just a normal extension of a partnership that enables us to offer seamless connectivity service to customers”.

He adds that the move is “a positive step forward with respect to us having an ownership that reflects the importance of this business both to Telenor and Panasonic. By taking an active ownership position, Panasonic is committed to supporting this business in the future. The actual ownership split is something I can’t discuss, but Panasonic has the majority and Telenor continues to hold a significant ownership.”

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Editor in Chief - APEX Media Platform | Previously Senior Editor at Flight International where she led the magazine's coverage of in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) and aircraft interiors | Former proprietor of the highly-regarded Runway Girl blog, which focused on the passenger experience | Regularly speaks at industry conferences about airborne communications, ancillary revenue opportunities for airlines and social media | You can connect with Mary on Twitter, LinkedIn

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2 Responses to “INTERIORS EXCLUSIVE: Panasonic acquires majority stake in AeroMobile”

  1. Jod Wayde Says:

    is the A/C involved in this article equipped with Aeromobile technology?

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/04/16/virgin-flight-to-orlando-makes-emergency-landing/

    Does this relate to the Leaky Lines issue that were revealed by FlightGlobal recentlty?

    http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2011/09/22/362445/emirates-among-carriers-affected-as-aeromobile-leaky-feeders-fail.html

    Jod

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