Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, and Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic Avionics), have signed an agreement for the installation of Astrova on up to 30 of its aircraft.
Astrova is Panasonic’s state of the art In-flight Entertainment and Communication Systems (IFEC), which allows the airline to engage with its guests.
The agreement will cover Astrova retrofit on 30 of SAUDIA’s wide-body aircraft fleet – 12 Airbus A330s and 18 Boeing 777s.
SAUDIA passengers will benefit from 4K OLED screens and high-quality audio delivered by Panasonic Avionics’ latest Bluetooth technology.
Every passenger will have up to 100W of direct current power, via USB-C, at their seat, providing the ability to fast charge every current phone and tablet, and around 90% of the world’s laptops.
Panasonic Avionics’ newest IFE seat-end solution also features programmable LED lighting that will enhance the guest experience and enable SAUDIA to optimize the cabin environment.
Additionally, Panasonic Avionics is working with SAUDIA to develop IFE maintenance capabilities in the Kingdom with its leading Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) subsidary Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI).
“At SAUDIA, we are constantly looking to improve the guest experience onboard our aircraft, by investing in new technologies and upgrading our systems. Thanks to this partnership with Astrova, our guests will be able to experience the best of in-flight entertainment, with more personalizable features, making their journey with us truly memorable,” His Excellency Engr. Ibrahim Al-Omar, director general of SAUDIA Group, said.