Panasonic Avionics to provide IFE systems to EL AL Israel Airlines’ 16 new aircraft
Panasonic Avionics has been selected by EL AL Israel Airlines to provide its eX3 in-flight entertainment (IFE) system for the latter’s 16 new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
As part of the deal, EL AL will install the eX3 system across nine Boeing 787-9s and seven B787-8 aircraft.
The first aircraft of the lot is expected to be delivered next month.
The new deal also comprises a 15-year contract, under which Panasonic Technical Services will provide maintenance services such as spares, repairs and logistics for the IFE systems.
Panasonic Avionics CEO Hideo Nakano said: “Our partnership with EL AL continues to go from one successful programme to the next and now stretches over a quarter of a century.
“Our eX3 system will provide EL AL with an industry-leading entertainment experience, delivering a premium service to their passengers travelling across the world.”
The eX3 systems include an improved design for use across all cabin classes.
Using the systems, passengers will be able to view 12in, 13in and 16in high-definition monitors that offer improved viewing angles and capacitive touch capabilities.
The systems also include proprietary Panasonic technology that improves brightness in dark areas while simultaneously eliminating white saturation to enhance picture quality across all media formats, including movies, TV shows, games maps.
Last week, Delta Air Lines collaborated with Panasonic Avionics to equip one of its aircraft with seat-back entertainment.
The collaboration aims to install seat-back screens aboard more than 600 aircraft by the end of next year.
Image: A look inside the new El Al Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Photo: courtesy of El AL.