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Gulf Air Launches First Aircraft with Panasonic Global Communications Suite

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October 19, 2011

Gulf Air Launches First Aircraft with Panasonic Global Communications Suite

By Rahul Arora, TMCnet Contributor

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently launched the first aircraft retrofitted with Panasonic Avionics Corporation's (Panasonic (News - Alert)) Global Communications Suite. The A330-200 aircraft is equipped with 'Sky Hub,' the comprehensive communications and entertainment solution that allows the passengers to access Internet, access global, live television service onboard.

With ‘Sky Hub,’ the Gulf Air passengers will be able to access broadband connectivity at speeds of up to 50 Mbps. Through live television service, travelers will also be able to watch IMG Media's Barclays Premier League channel and news channels such as BBC World News, BBC Arabic and Euronews. They will also be able to access social media services such as Facebook (News - Alert) and Twitter. Moreover, they will also be able to access their virtual private network (VPN) to send and receive emails while watching live-news and stock market updates.

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Samer Majali said, "It is another important milestone in our customer service journey as we unveil our latest in-flight entertainment system, 'Sky Hub' on our fleet."

"We are bringing to you, for the first time in the world, a fully integrated broadband connectivity offering high speed internet, very fast mobile data speeds, voice over the internet (VOIP), streaming videos and the world's first in-flight live TV satellite stream across continents."

He added, "In tune with the fast-paced economy, Gulf Air is providing the fastest, affordable and unlimited internet and mobile access onboard for our customers to stay fully connected in the air and, we are pleased to be the first in the industry to offer our customers a connected airline."

"I am sure this avant-garde, cutting-edge technology will fundamentally change our passengers' communications and entertainment experience onboard setting a new standard for in-flight entertainment," Mr. Majali concluded.

Paul Margis, Chief Executive Officer for Panasonic Avionics Corporation said, "We are very excited and honored to have helped Gulf Air become the first carrier in the world to offer a truly amazing passenger entertainment experience with broadband connectivity for high speed internet access, mobile voice and data services, and a live television service that includes some of the world's most popular news programming and live sporting events."

Rahul Arora is a TMCnet contributor. He has worked as an editor and freelance writer for several reputed organizations in India. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

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