Boeing has installed Panasonic Avionics
Corporation's inflight wireless high-speed broadband service, eXConnect, on a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) 737 aircraft.
As part of
the installation agreement, Panasonic will use the privately owned
BBJ for ongoing testing and validation, as well as for live
The system supports a wide range of passenger and
crew applications including very high-speed internet access to
passengers anywhere in the world at speeds of up to 50 Mbps to the
aircraft. That's about 100 times the speed of the fastest Internet
currently available on airplanes.
"The eXConnect system
installed on the Boeing 737 continues to exceed our expectations,
and we are very excited to show customers, OEMs and other groups
the true broadband experience made possible by our Ku solution,"
said Paul Margis, Chief Executive Officer, Panasonic Avionics
The fuselage-mounted antenna communicates
through a global network of satellites and provides higher data
rates than tail-mounted antennas traditionally used on business
aviation aircraft. The BBJ is ideally suited for carrying a larger
and more capable antenna than traditional sized business jets so
global coverage is possible.
"Since its introduction to the
market, the Boeing Business Jet has always provided something more
than the traditional corporate jet manufacturers have been able to
provide - more space, more comfort, more productivity and more
utility," said Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor. "Panasonic's new high-speed data system opens up a new
capability to our customers that will help satisfy the growing
need for passengers to be connected all the time, including in the
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