Collaboration Agreement Brings Together Two Global Trailblazers in In-Flight Connectivity

Panasonic Avionics and Inmarsat enters benchmark tactical alliance for commercial aviation.

Collaboration Agreement Brings Together Two Global Trailblazers in In-Flight Connectivity
Panasonic and Inmarsat to Seal the Deal for In-Flight Connectivity

Panasonic Avionics Corporation and Inmarsat have agreed on a tactical alliance for an initial period of 10-year, that will enable them to coalesce their highly harmonizing market leading services to provide broadband in-flight connectivity (IFC) teamed up with high-value services and solutions to customers worldwide in the commercial aviation industry.

This alliance will enable aircraft manufacturers, airlines, and passengers to reap the benefits from the allied proficiency of these two companies that have been the front-runners of innovation and technology for nearly four decades.

As per the terms of the agreement, Inmarsat will become Panasonic’s sole provider of Ka-band IFC for commercial flight. Panasonic will be now able to offer GX Aviation, Inmarsat’s high-speed, broadband connectivity service, all powered by Global Xpress, world’s first ever global Ka-band satellite network, managed and owned by a single operator.

Panasonic will maintain investing in its own network with GX Aviation as a primary offering for new business. Thus, perfectly positioning itself for serving its both future and current customers.

Additionally, Inmarsat too will be able to suggest the market-leading portfolio of services and NEXT solutions of Panasonic to Inmarsat’s commercial aviation customers. The services include customer support services from Panasonic’s Technical Services and Customer Performance Center.

In the nearby future, Panasonic and Inmarsat will further collaborate on the advancement of new connectivity-enabled services, technology to improve overall end-to-end performance, data analytics as well as next-gen GX Aviation terminal.

Rupert Pearce, Chief Executive Officer, Inmarsat, said:

“Our highly complementary collaboration with Panasonic combines the unique expertise and proven capabilities of both companies to create a market-leading in-flight connectivity offer for aircraft manufacturers, airlines and their passengers.

“IFC is a substantial and fast-emerging sector where the quality of customer experience is paramount. Reliable, high-quality IFC is no longer a luxury for passengers, but an expectation, and will play a vital role in securing an airline’s competitive position in a market.

“Today’s landmark announcement is clear evidence of Inmarsat delivering on its strategy and strengthens our conviction that, building upon the success of the global GX network, aviation will be a significant individual growth driver of our overall business. It also demonstrates Inmarsat’s commitment to becoming the reference IFC network for airlines around the world.

“We look forward to working closely with Panasonic as we develop the relationship and accelerate our respective innovation roadmaps to ensure we continue to provide airlines and passengers with the world’s leading IFC experience.”

Hideo Nakano, Chief Executive Officer, Panasonic Avionics, said:

“For over 10 years, Panasonic has remained steadfast in its commitment to the connected aircraft. Still, many airlines have more than one connectivity partner, and this strategic collaboration ensures that even more airlines have access to a wide variety of industry-leading digital solutions.”

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“By adding GX Aviation into our NEXT Online portfolio, we’re recognizing the need for IFC consistency across multiple fleets and enabling digital solutions and services with unified customer support. It’s really a win-win for customers.”

“After all, there’s nothing quite like watching your favorite sporting event on the seatback, shopping for products that are relevant to your life and interests or using apps that personalize your journey.”

“Clearly, this is truly a tremendous opportunity for our industry. We look forward to working with Inmarsat to provide a wider suite of services and solutions to the world’s airlines.