Panasonic Avionics In-Flight Entertainment System Installed on 6,000th Boeing 737 for Norwegian Air Shuttle



    LAKE FOREST, Calif., June 23 /CNW/ -- Panasonic Avionics Corporation
(Panasonic), the world leader in state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment and
communication (IFEC) systems, today announced that its Multiplexed Passenger
Entertainment System (MPES) IFE system was installed on the 6,000th Boeing 737
to enter into service. The aircraft was delivered to International Lease
Finance Corp and will be leased to Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (Norwegian), the
second largest airline in Scandinavia.

    Panasonic MPES is a simple-to-operate, high performance overhead audio
and video in-flight entertainment system for narrow body aircraft. It features
a broad range of exciting entertainment options, including distributed audio
and video, broadcast moving maps, and other entertainment content. In
addition, the system has an advanced technology for superb sound quality.

    "The quality and simplicity of the Panasonic MPES product, in addition to
the company's comprehensive customer support, were key factors in our
selection of Panasonic Avionics Corporation," said Asgeir Nyseth, Chief
Operating Officer at Norwegian Air Shuttle. "Panasonic MPES will offer our
passengers the latest advances in in-flight entertainment options, which is
the perfect complement to Norwegian's business expansion model and flight
schedule. We have strong confidence in the Panasonic brand to deliver the high
quality experience our passengers expect."

    "We are pleased to participate in the delivery of the 6,000th Boeing 737
aircraft and continue our strong relationship with Norwegian Air Shuttle,"
said Paul Margis, Chief Executive Officer at Panasonic Avionics Corporation.
"As this latest delivery illustrates, we continue to enjoy success and growth
in the European air transport market."

    In addition to MPES, Panasonic also supplies DMPES (Digital Multiplexed
Passenger Entertainment System) IFE system to Norwegian for its forty-five
(45) B737-800 aircraft for delivery into service August 2009. DMPES uses the
latest technology that incorporates the X Series' System Controller with
Analog Audio Output (SC-A). With a 160-gigabyte media memory, the DMPES
reduces space, weight and power when compared to traditional IFE systems,
resulting in cost savings for airlines. Furthermore, Panasonic DMPES compact
head-end volume saves room and is lighter in weight, improving aircraft
fuel-efficiency.

    Established in September 2002, Norwegian is one of Europe's leading low
fare airlines with four domestic routes. In December 2003, Norwegian was
listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The company has locations in Norway,
Denmark, Sweden and Poland with 1,400 employees and offers a route network of
158 routes to 83 destinations.
    

    About Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    
    Panasonic Avionics Corporation is the world's leading supplier of
in-flight entertainment and communication 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.

    Established in 1979, Panasonic Avionics Corporation is a subsidiary of
Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American
subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE:   PC). Headquartered in Lake Forest,
California, with over 3,100 employees and operations in 80 locations
worldwide, it serves over 200 customers worldwide and provides IFEC systems on
over 3,700 aircraft. For additional information, please visit
www.panasonic.aero.
    



    




For further information:

For further information: Theresa Yeoh of Panasonic Avionics Corporation,
+1-949-462-1730, theresa.yeoh@panasonic.aero Web Site:
http://www.panasonic.aero

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