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Lake Forest’s Panasonic Avionics equips Lufthansa

The premier German airline will re-launch FlyNet using the company’s Global Communications Suite.

By Susan BelknappPublished: October 11, 2009 12:00 AM

Frankfurt, Germany-based Lufthansa airline announced Monday that it will relaunch its in-flight passenger Internet connectivity service FlyNet. FlyNet utilizes Lake Forest-based Panasonic Avionics Corp.’s Global Communications Suite. Lufthansa will equip a major part of its long-range fleet with the system during the first year of operation.

The Panasonic Global Communications Suite consists of eXConnect broadband service, the eXPhone GSM service and the Panasonic Airborne Television Network.

The eXConeect product provides global two-way broadband connectivity to support a broad range of passenger and crew applications, including Internet access, voice, data and monitoring and transmission of airline operational data in real time high speeds.

The eXPhone solutions allows passengers to make voice calls from cell phones or send text (SMS) messages in addition to accessing data services in-flight virtually anywhere in the world. The eXPhone system is flexible, giving the airline full control over the available services and allowing it to restrict certain services when appropriate.

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