Inmarsat and Panasonic Avionics Corporation have entered into a ten-year partnership that will see the two parties collaborate on creating novel broadband in-flight connectivity (IFC) solutions for commercial aviation.
As per the agreement, Inmarsat will position itself as an exclusive provider of Panasonic’s Ka-band IFC technology. At the same time, Panasonic will be able to offer its customers Inmarsat’s GX Aviation, a broadband connectivity service powered by Global Xpress, a global Ka-band satellite network.
The new partnership is expected to greatly benefit airlines and their respective passengers, as well as aircraft manufacturers, with the introduction of new solutions geared towards tackling challenges around compatibility, data volume and coverage.
Commenting on the partnership, Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat, shared: “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.”
Inmarsat will also be able to deliver Panasonic’s range of services and NEXT solutions to its aviation customer base. The portfolio includes customer support services that fall under the umbrella of Panasonic’s Customer Performance Center and Technical Services teams.
Forging ahead, the two parties are expected to work closely together to develop a GX Aviation terminal, while also devising new connectivity-enabled services, data analytics, and other technologies geared towards improving end-to-end performance.
Hideo Nakano, CEO, 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.
“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,” he added.