Southwest Airlines enters deals with Panasonic, GEE

Wednesday 14 December 2016 | 11:10 CET | News
Southwest Airlines entered into connectivity agreements with Panasonic Avionics (Panasonic) and Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE). The agreement with Panasonic provides for its Global Communications Services, which include WiFi and live television, to be offered on a portion of the carrier's fleet, with the first Panasonic equipped aircraft scheduled to enter service in late 2017. The agreement with GEE extends the carrier's use of the company's Airconnect connectivity system and services.

Both of the agreements support Southwest's focus on yielding greater WiFi bandwidth available to customers on WiFi-equipped aircraft. Southwest's agreements with Panasonic and GEE align with next year's planned retirement of the carrier's non-WiFi-equipped 737-300 Classic aircraft and the introduction of the Boeing 737-8 (MAX). By the end of 2017, Southwest Airlines is targeting to operate a 100 percent WiFi-equipped fleet of more than 700 aircraft.

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