Press Releases – Jan 2012


27.01.2012 | Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Panasonic Avionics Corporation adds coverage and capacity to its global Ku aeronautical network with the Yamal 201 Satellite. Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), the world leader in in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC), today announced that is has commissioned and tested its new service on the Yamal 201 Russian satellite via its partner RuSat’s teleport in Moscow, Russia. The Russian satellite is a strategic addition to the company’s global aeronautical broadband network because it provides essential service for aircraft routes from Europe to Asia. With the Yamal 201 satellite, the more than 1,200 aircraft that have been committed to Panasonic’s Global Communications Suite will be able to fly around the globe, above the equator, with uninterrupted broadband coverage from the company’s Ku-band network.

Paul Margis, Chief Executive Officer for Panasonic Avionics Corporation said, “We are now only a few months away from completing the world’s first global Ku frequency, high bandwidth aeronautical network. We are very excited to see our powerful broadband network offer global, uninterrupted in-flight connectivity, and look forward to helping our customers use broadband connectivity to enhance operational efficiencies and the in-flight entertainment experience.” Panasonic’s Global Communications Suite system provides two-way broadband connectivity to an aircraft. It supports a wide range of passenger and crew applications including in-flight broadband Internet access over Wi-Fi to passengers, and mobile phone service offered in collaboration with AeroMobile.

Panasonic’s in-flight connectivity service also includes the first and only global live television service to offer content from BBC World News, BBC Arabic, Bloomberg Television, NHK World Premium, France 24, Euronews, IMG Media’s Barclays’ Premiere League Channel, and IMG Media’s Sport 24. Today, there are more than 1,200 aircraft that have been committed to Panasonic’s global broadband service.


25.01.2012 | Astronics

Astronics Corporation to Participate in Cowen and Company 33rd Annual Aerospace/Defense Conference. Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leader in advanced, high-performance lighting, electrical power, avionics databus interfaces and automated test systems for the global aerospace and defense industries, today announced that Peter J. Gundermann, President & Chief Executive Officer, and David C. Burney, Chief Financial Officer, will present at the Cowen and Company 33rd Annual Aerospace/Defense Conference at the InterContinental Barclay Hotel in New York City on Wednesday, February 8, 2012.

Astronics’ presentation is scheduled to begin at 9:40 AM ET. A live webcast of this presentation, along with presentation materials, will be available at and an archive of the presentation will be made available in the Investor Relations section, on the Calendar of Events page, of the Company’s website.


23.01.2012 | British Airways

Libya flights to resume. British Airways plans to resume flights to Tripoli from Tuesday May 1, 2012. The return of services between Heathrow and Tripoli follows a thorough security review in conjunction with the UK Government and the Libyan authorities. British Airways’ chief executive Keith Williams said: “We are delighted to be returning to Libya. Our flights to Tripoli have provided a vital economic link for many years, and it is good news for everyone that we can now restart operations.” The airline will fly to and from Tripoli three times a week.


23.01.2012 | Lumexis

Lumexis® introduces WiPAX™ stand-alone wireless delivery to PEDs. Lumexis Corporation, developer and manufacturer of leading edge, in-seat HDTV over fiber optic networks, announces its introduction of WiPAX, a stand-alone wireless delivery solution for Passenger Electronic Devices (PEDs) in narrowbody aircraft.

In introducing WiPAX, Lumexis CEO Doug Cline explained that the new product was developed as the result of customer demand. “Our FTTS® (Fiber-To-The-Screen®) full cabin, in-seat HDTV has built an unmatched record of performance and reliability with over ten million seat-operational hours in revenue service for both widebody and narrowbody aircraft, and medium to long-haul operations. But multiple carriers asked us to create a similarly end-to-end solution for short-haul, narrowbody routes which may not justify in-seat monitors.”

The Lumexis answer, WiPAX, is derived from the highly regarded FTTS headend server/aircraft interface system and is differentiated from competitors’ wireless products in offering a turnkey solution already proven from end to end. The same Lumexis FTTS applications widely deployed in daily revenue service give airlines the opportunity for ancillary revenue in short-haul, narrowbody applications. Passenger devices include iPads, laptops, smartphones and other PEDs streaming movie content and diverse data from Lumexis servers and real-time, off-aircraft Internet.

WiPAX uniquely offers the high capacity to simultaneously provide HDTV over fiber to big screens in First and Business Class cabins as well. Lumexis marketing research suggests that the most popular configurations may well include in-seat 12-23” HDTV monitors in premium classes, while delivering full-cabin wireless data to every coach passenger’s PED. Moreover, WiPAX is easily retrofit into existing wired FTTS installations, if desired.

“Successful deployment of any complex IFE system into airline fleet applications requires integration and management of broadly diverse elements. These include digital content integration, avionics-quality design and manufacture, onboard broadband networking, secure handling and transmission for commercial transactions from passenger purchases and worldwide field support”, Cline concluded. “FTTS and WiPAX provide any airline an unmatched, seamless solution across its entire fleet. Whether widebody or narrowbody, long or short-haul, pay-per-view or customer amenity, Lumexis systems alone provide proven, leading-edge solutions with highest capability and reliability.”


19.01.2012 | Turkish Airlines / Panasonic Avionics Corporation

High speed Internet access is now available on Turkish Airlines flights. Turkish Airlines, together with Panasonic Avionics Corporation, has added high-speed Wi-Fi broadband Internet access to its existing live, inflight television service on Trans-Atlantic flights using its IFE platform, PLANET.

Passengers are now able to access high-speed, unlimited Internet with laptops, tablets, smartphones or any other device that is WLAN-enabled . Business travellers can also access their company’s Virtual Private Network (VPN). The high-speed Internet service will initially be provided free of charge as an introductory offer.

After this period, passengers will be able to access the Internet via an access code, which will be available for credit card purchase on board the aircraft via the service provider‘s portal pages. Together with the new high-speed Internet service, seatback screens will continue to provide passengers with live TV, the latest news, as well as online services related to Turkish Airlines’ loyalty program Miles&Smiles and access to customer relations connections.

On September 23, 2011, Turkish Airlines was the first airline to offer Live TV on commercial transatlantic flights, with the introduction of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

PLANET GCS is now active on 1 B777-300ER aircraft with plans to quickly expand the availability of this system to the 11 additional Boeing 777-300ERs and 10 Airbus 330-300 aircraft in its fleet as quickly as possible.


18.01.2012 | Atlas Air Entertainment Concepts / Inflight Productions USA

Inflight Productions USA (IFP) and Atlas Air Entertainment Concepts (AAEC) today announced the successful merger of the two companies. Effective January 1st, 2012, AEEC has been absorbed by IFP’s Los Angeles branch, consolidating its foothold in the inflight entertainment content industry. Both companies are owned by Advanced Inflight Alliance (AIA), a world-leading passenger experience provider which recently implemented organization changes to realign its divisional strategies and drive growth through innovations in the IFE market.


18.01.2012 | AIRVOD Entertainment Ltd

AIRVOD gets the year off to a flying start with new customer orders and more to follow in 2012. AIRVOD Entertainment Ltd has today (18 January) announced supply agreements with Rotana Jet Aviation and Privat Air.  The deals will see Airvod Entertainment Ltd supply In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) solutions for Rotana Jet Aviaiton’s A319 aircraft as well as Privat Air’s Boeing Business Jet aircraft. Terry Bonar, CEO of Airvod Entertainment Ltd said, “Airvod is continuing to build on the success of 2011 and the partnerships with Rotana Jet Aviation and Privat Air are a great way for Airvod to kick off 2012. Last year the aviation sector began a noticeable transfer of focus away from the more traditional IFE providers, in favour of the new players in the sector.

Saif M. A. Al Mughairy of Rotana Jet Aviation said, “We are excited to be introducing the very latest entertainment technology on-board and choosing Airvod will ensure that we have the most comprehensive in-flight entertainment solution.” Cabin Crew General Manager with Privat Air, Peter Waters said, “We are delighted to continue our long working relationship with Airvod. Over the past 5 years their earlier technology has already proven to be extremely robust and has always ensured that we have received very positive feedback from our customers”. Terry Bonar continued, “Our high-quality customisable product options allow each airline to make Airvod’s technology fit their system in the most cost efficient and customer-centric manner. We see Airvod’s ability to tailor IFE systems to our customers’ individual needs as a key driver of recent and future success. Our hard work is beginning to pay dividends and we are y confident that today’s announcements will be the first of many deals for Airvod in 2012,” said Bonar.


17.01.2012 | British Airways

Newly refurbished 777-200 takes to the skies. Customers flying to New York’s Newark airport over the weekend were the first to experience British Airways’ very latest seats and cabins following the first complete refit of one of the airline’s Boeing 777-200s. The aircraft was the first of 18 to be fitted with British Airways’ recently launched First cabin, new World Traveller and World Traveller Plus cabins and the airline’s latest Thales inflight entertainment system. The multi-million pound refurbishment gives the 18 Boeing 777-200s the same contemporary interiors as British Airways six brand new Boeing 777-300ERs. Frank van der Post, British Airways’ managing director, brands and customer experience, said: “This exciting and ambitious refit now brings our 777s right up to date, with new interiors and the very latest inflight entertainment system. “We have had fantastic customer reaction to our new fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs, which originally showcased our new cabins, and we know those who travel on these 18 aircraft will be equally impressed with our investment.

“Customers will be able to enjoy the very best travel experience British Airways has to offer, with more comfortable seats and brighter, more contemporary cabins.” Over the next five years British Airways will be investing more than £5bn in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges, and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground. It takes British Airways’ Cardiff-based engineers, at the airline’s Welsh maintenance base, approximately a month, or 5,700 man hours, to carefully remove a 777’s old seats and interiors and replace them with the airline’s very latest cabins. Each aircraft will also have a staggering 13 kilometres of wiring removed and new fibre optic cables installed to power the new inflight entertainment system. New widescreens will be fitted in Club World and customers flying on these refitted Boeing 777-200s will also be able to experience the airline’s sophisticated new First cabin.

New seats and cabins in World Traveller Plus and World Traveller, feature the latest cushioning technology and in-seat power sockets. The Thales in-flight entertainment system offers over 700 hours of movies, TV and music options on demand; that’s more than 230 TV programmes, 70 films and 400 CDs – providing customers with 50 per cent more choice on movies and doubling the range of TV and music options, as well as plug and play technology. Each cabin also gets bigger, high-resolution widescreens. Customers in World Traveller will be able to watch TV and films on 35 per cent larger video touchscreens (now 8.9 inches); in World Traveller Plus they are 60 per cent larger (now 10.6 inches); Club World widescreens increase by 16.3 per cent (now 12.1 inches) while the new First screens increase by 275 per cent (now 15.4 inches)


13.01.2012 | Japan Airlines

JAL, TOKYO FM and Sanrio Unveil “Hellosmile JET” to Promote Cervical Cancer Prevention and Awareness. Japan Airlines Co., Ltd (JAL), TOKYO FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd (TOKYO FM) and Sanrio Co., Ltd (Sanrio) are jointly promoting the awareness and prevention of cervical cancer through the Hellosmile Project. The three companies have decided to adorn one of JAL’s Boeing 777-300 aircraft with the decal of the Hellosmile Project logo. Dubbed [Hellosmile JET], it will be the world’s first aircraft specially-decorated to raise awareness for cervical cancer, and it will begin flying domestic routes from today.

The Hellosmile Project aims to create more public awareness of cervical cancer and its preventive measures as the number of young women affected by this disease continues to rise. This was first initiated by TOKYO FM in conjunction with its “Human Conscious: Love Life, Join Hearts’ campaign” in 2010, when the station marked its 40th anniversary. Celebrating 50 years since its establishment the same year, Sanrio selected its famous character Hello Kitty, to act as official supporting character as an expression of gratitude to all girls and women. In line with JAL’s corporate philosophy to contribute to society and agreeing with the purpose of the campaign, JAL decided to lend its support as the official airline for the project.

The campaign’s main visual depicts an extremely rare profile view of Kitty’s face, expressing the design concept of ‘looking towards a bright future’. The logo on the Hellosmile JET (aircraft registration number: JA8941) is 1.9 meters in height and 7.4 meters long. Scheduled to fly to major domestic destinations like Sapporo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Okinawa for a year, the Hellosmile JET will be used to raise nationwide awareness about cervical cancer and its prevention, and to encourage educational activities on this subject. The first flight takes off today from Tokyo, Haneda to Sapporo.

For more information on the Hellosmile Project, please visit


10.01.2012 | Japan Airlines

JAL Refreshes In-flight Wine and Champagne Selection on International Routes. Japan Airlines (JAL) has renewed its selection of wine and champagne onboard its international flights. A new line-up for JAL First Class will be served from January 11, while the new service for JAL Executive Class will roll out between the end of January and middle February, 2012.

The new list of wine and champagne was carefully chosen to marry JAL’s in-flight menu on international routes created in collaboration with various master chefs like Seiji Yamamoto from Michelin-rated 3-star restaurant “RyuGin” in Roppongi, Tokyo. In a thorough selection process focused on finding compatible wines that complement and enhance the flavors of the meals served onboard, 19 types of wine, including New World wines, were singled out from 90 shortlisted labels narrowed down from an initial choice of 600.

JAL will be the only airline on which customers can savor the highly-esteemed Champagne Salon 1999 onboard First Class. Alternatively, customers can also choose to enjoy the prestigious Champagne Dom Perignon Vintage2003. Amongst the selection are also wines from acclaimed overseas Japanese winemaker Hiroyuki Kusuda, who’s Kusuda Wines Martinborough Syrah will be available on flights to Europe, while on flights to the U.S and Jakarta, Japanese owner of California winery, Kenzo Tsujimoto’s Kenzo Estate “Rindo” will be served. In Executive Class, customers will have nine distinguished wines from around the world to choose from, including the luxurious Champagne Joseph Perrier Cuvee Royale Brut.

The characteristics of the area from which the wine came from and the winemaking methods were factors taken into consideration in the strict selection led by Fumiko Arisaka – a renowned wine journalist, as well as wine advisor to JAL. Also involved in the process were some of JAL’s 630 plus cabin attendants who are qualified sommeliers, often offering customers information and suggestions on wine onboard.

Customers traveling on JAL in First and Executive Class can look forward to a premium time with a refreshed selection of high-quality wine onboard.

For the full press release, including First and Executive Class wine lists and applicable routes, please refer to


05.01.2012 | ViaSat

ViaSat Renews Distribution Agreement with National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative New deal will bring affordable 12 Mbps service to market within weeks. ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) has entered into a new five-year wholesale distribution agreement with the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) for next-generation satellite broadband service through the new ViaSat-1 satellite. Similar to retail offerings, the agreement will allow NRTC members to experience the new 12 Mbps service packages.

Outside ViaSat-1 coverage areas, NRTC will introduce enhanced 5 Mbps service through a new network of next-generation gateways and consumer terminals. “NRTC’s electric and telephone members were the first distributors of WildBlue service, and they remain committed to ensuring that rural Americans have access to robust broadband,” said Tim Bryan, NRTC CEO. “The enhanced satellite broadband service will make significant contributions to the communities we serve, so we are very happy to continue our relationship with ViaSat and offer the new service.” ViaSat-1, providing more capacity than all other communication satellites over the U.S. combined, is designed to transform the economics and quality of service that satellite broadband can provide.

The technology is expected to elevate satellite into a much more competitive position in the broadband service marketplace, offering a faster Internet service starting at $50. “This longstanding partnership with NRTC has continuously served a very important group of our customers with a level of quality that is consistent with our goals,” said Tom Moore, ViaSat senior VP. “Our new technology will bring NRTC customers the true broadband experience they need.” The 140 Gbps capacity ViaSat-1 satellite is scheduled to enter service this month and then services will sequentially expand across the United States over the following months.