Panasonic Offers In-flight Internet Access System

Recently we reported that Boeing had decided to shut down its Connexion in-flight Internet service. The Connexion service didn't attract enough interest from airlines to justify Boeing's investment. But according to an article in Inflight Online, Panasonic marketing director David Bruner says his company has "a complete system designed, developed and ready to go."

According to the article, Panasonic needs agreements covering a minimum of 500 aircraft before it will launch the service. The system will offer faster data rates than Connexion using a "more efficient" technical solution that doesn't require an increase in satellite bandwidth. Like Connexion, the Panasonic system would use Ku-band satellites.

Additional information is available in the Inflight Online exclusive "Panasonic reaches for the Connexion torch".