Singapore Airlines Invest in IFE Systems

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed an agreement with Panasonic Avionics for advanced in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) systems for more than 40 new aircraft on firm order from Airbus and Boeing.
The agreement is valued at almost $400 million, based on the list prices of the systems and spares.
Panasonic Avionics will supply IFEC systems for 20 Airbus A350s due for delivery from 2014, as well as for 15 more Airbus A330-300s and eight more Boeing 777-300ERs, deliveries of which are due to begin next year.
SIA will be the launch customer for the next-generation eX3 system for the A350s, as well as the first to deliver eX3 features on the B777-300ERs.  The system will also be the first to offer Panasonic’s Global Communications Suite on the A350s.
The eX3 will offer the latest video screen technology and touch-screen handsets in all classes of travel, powering the airline’s KrisWorld entertainment system.
Ahead of the introduction of the new systems, enhancements are planned for existing KrisWorld systems on SIA’s aircraft, including a wider programme selection, new and exclusive video games and possible hardware upgrades.
Last week SIA formally introduced in-flight connectivity services as part of a $50 million investment.  To date, 14 aircraft have been equipped.
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