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Panasonic Avionics and China Telecom Satellite Communications Limited Partner to Connect the Skies Over China



Panasonic Avionics and China Telecom Satellite Communications Limited Partner
                       to Connect the Skies Over China

PR Newswire

LAKE FOREST, California, July 25, 2013

LAKE FOREST, California, July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Panasonic Avionics has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China
Telecom Satellite Communications Limited (China Telecom Satellite) to jointly
develop, implement and support in-flight connectivity solutions for the
Chinese market.

The signing of the MOU will also make possible the first ever provision of
in-flight connectivity to Panasonic's 36 non-Chinese customer airlines when
flying into and over China.

Panasonic Avionics' eXConnect system uses its global Ku-band aeronautical
satellite network to deliver in-flight broadband connectivity, enabling
passengers to access the internet, send email or log onto their favorite
social media sites.

Paul Margis, CEO of Panasonic Avionics, says: "While there is still work to be
done in order to complete the cooperation agreement, we have made great
progress with China Telecom Satellite towards providing this very important
service to our airline customers and their passengers. We believe China
Telecom Satellite will be a very strong and effective partner for China's
in-flight communication market."

China Telecom Satellite stated: "We are very pleased to partner with Panasonic
Avionics as they have an established track record and are a proving to be
strong provider of high-quality in-flight communications services to both
international and Chinese airlines."

Both parties are working to complete their formal contract over the coming
weeks and plan to begin offering commercial in-flight connectivity services in
the fourth quarter of 2013.

About Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Established in 1979, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a U.S. corporation, is a
subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North
American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. Headquartered in Lake Forest,
California with over 3,100 employees and operations in 80 locations worldwide,
it serves over 200 customers worldwide and provides in-flight entertainment
and communication (IFEC) systems on over 3,700 aircraft.

Panasonic Avionics Corporation is the world's leading supplier of IFEC
systems. The company's best-in-class solutions, supported by professional
maintenance services, fully integrate with the cabin enabling airlines to
deliver the ultimate travel experiences with a rich variety of entertainment
choices, resulting in improved quality communication systems and solutions,
reduced time-to-market and lower overall costs.

For additional information, please visit http://www.panasonic.aero

About China Telecom Satellite Communications Limited

Dedicated to satellite communications services, China Telecom Satellite
Communications Co. Ltd, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Telecom,
specializes in the operation of its parent corporation's satellite
communications business. It serves as the resource center, product integration
center and professional support center of China Telecom's satellite
communications business, mainly engaged in Satellite mobile communications,
Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) communications, International private line
and Satellite broadband access, etc., providing integrated (Aviation/Land)
satellite communications and broadcasting operating service with
characteristics to subscribers.

For additional information, please visit http://www.ctsat.cn

Press Contacts

Brian Bardwell
Panasonic Avionics Corporation
Tel: +1-949-462-1742
E-Mail: Brian.Bardwell@panasonic.aero
 
Steve Double
Tel: +44(0)7917-067580 
E-Mail: sdouble@bell-pottinger.co.uk
 
Charlie Hampton
Tel: +44(0)7884-187297
E-Mail: champton@bell-pottinger.co.uk
 
Emma Ballantine Dykes
Tel: +44(0)7768-293525
E-Mail: edykes@bell-pottinger.co.uk

SOURCE Panasonic Avionics Corporation
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