Panasonic Avionics Corporation
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Panasonic Avionics Corporation (PAC) designs, engineers, manufactures, sells and installs customized in-flight entertainment and communications solutions to airlines worldwide. Panasonic Avionics Corporation is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation that is headquartered in Lake Forest, California and has major business functions in Bothell, WA. Panasonic Avionics Corporation traces its roots to Matsushita Avionics Systems Corporation, founded in 1979.
PAC is a supplier of in-flight entertainment equipment, including music, video on demand (movies and television shows), in-flight shopping, phone service, email, video games, and GPS flight location display. PAC is an approved supplier to both Boeing and Airbus, and is the primary entertainment provider for a number of airlines worldwide.[which?] Competitors in the IFE market include Thales Group, Rockwell Collins, and LiveTV.
The product engineering and development departments are located in Lake Forest, CA; program management, certification, system installation engineering and quality are located in Bothell, Washington, and manufacturing is performed in Osaka, Japan. Other offices and repair facilities are located worldwide, with major offices in Toulouse, Hamburg, London, Dallas, Dubai and Singapore.
In late 2009, Lufthansa announced that starting mid-2010 they will re-launch their 'FlyNet' service with Panasonic Avionics' satellite-based broadband technology offering passengers in-flight Internet and cellphone connections. Lufthansa will make use of their existing onboard hardware that had been installed in 2003 by Connexion by Boeing, the now defunct provider of the airline's previous onboard connectivity system.