Flight testing of Panasonic Avionics´ Ku-band satellite-based connectivity solution, eXConnect, will begin in a few weeks on a privately-owned Boeing Business Jet (BBJ).
The BBJ trial will go live in advance of Lufthansa´s own testing of eXConnect. Lufthansa today confirmed its partnership with Panasonic to reinstate in-flight broadband on overseas flights. The carrier aims formally to offer the service around the middle of 2010 on 50-60 aircraft.
The BBJ on which eXConnect will be flight tested belongs to "a private customer" that is acquiring the solution, company vice-president global communications services David Bruner revealed last week at the World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) conference and exhibition.
He said Panasonic expects to announce "several eXConnect customers on the private side", such as BBJ and Airbus ACJ operators, during the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual meeting and convention next week in Orlando, Florida.