Lufthansa, Panasonic join on IFEC/CMS
Lufthansa Technik (Booth No. 7534) and Panasonic Avionics (Booth No. 8221) yesterday inked an letter of intent committing the companies to jointly develop, build and sell advanced versions of in-flight entertainment and communication (IFEC) and cabin management systems (CMS) for both narrow- and wide-body VIP aircraft.
In signing the accord, Paul Margis, CEO of Orange County, Calif.-based Panasonic Avionics, said, "By combining and enhancing Panasonic's high-definition X Series product line with Lufthansa Technik's cabin management and in-flight-entertainment system, this joint venture will create an experience exceeding even the most discerning customers' expectations."
Lufthansa Technik CEO August Henningsen added, "We believe the combination of these two great systems and the combined experience of both companies in commercial and private aviation will provide the cutting-edge system for VIP aircraft."
Lufthansa Technik's Innovation Business Unit has extensive technical experience and market understanding gained from working closely with VIP customers, who expect customized flight environments that exploit the latest available technologies.
Panasonic's X Series commercial IFE system and its global communications suite (eXConnect and eXPhone) represent the core technology of the company's contribution to the joint venture.