Panasonic to provide inflight entertainment, connectivity to WestJet

18 February 2014

WestJet said it has signed a multi-year agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corp. to provide the airline with a new inflight entertainment system with the ability to feature wireless satellite Internet connectivity, live streaming television, on-demand movies, magazines and more.

Guests will be able to use their own personal electronic device or laptop computer to receive live and stored content streamed wirelessly from a server on board each WestJet Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. Airtime packages will also be available to surf the Internet, access email or plan a vacation on westjet.com. Tablets will be available for those guests not travelling with a device.

“We know that roughly 75 per cent of our guests are bringing their own devices on board today,” said Marshall Wilmot. “They tell us they want the opportunity to connect to check their email, put the finishing touches on a presentation or keep in touch with family and friends.”

WestJet will also install USB/110 volt power outlets in new, slimmer seats on its aircraft to enable guests to charge their devices or keep them charged while using the entertainment system. And, with a mix of free and paid content, the new system offers the airline additional ancillary revenue opportunities.

WestJet flies to more than 85 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Its website is at www.westjet.com.

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