201409160930PR_NEWS_USPR_____enUK201409163985 20140916T093000-0400 prnewswire.com 20140916 enUK201409163985 1 urn:newsml:prnewswire.com:20140916:enUK201409163985:1 20140916T093000-0400 20140916T093000-0400 MimeType/@FormalName A Match Made in Heaven - Panasonic Launches NFC in Aircraft Cabin ANAHEIM, California, September 16, 2014 bc-Panasonic-Avionics-Co 201409160930PR_NEWS_USPR_____enUK201409163985.xml A Match Made in Heaven - Panasonic Launches NFC in Aircraft Cabin

A Match Made in Heaven - Panasonic Launches NFC in Aircraft Cabin

PR Newswire

ANAHEIM, California, September 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

In an industry first, Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) is introducing EMV-compliant Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology in its in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems.

Industry observers had recently predicted on-board NFC applications were years away, but Panasonic will be launching the technology with airlines in the summer of 2015.

Passengers and crew will be able to use NFC-enabled smart phones and cards in-flight in many unique ways including:

  • High value transactions and purchases
  • Synchronization of personal data to create just-for-me experiences
  • Recognition of a passenger's Frequent Flyer status via NFC card or phone, giving access to benefits or promotions, such as free Wi-Fi for Gold members
  • Enabling crew to check in and out for duty using NFC
  • Pairing of NFC-enabled devices with the embedded IFEC system, allowing airlines to push information to passengers during their flight

Analysts expect there to be huge growth in the use of NFC-enabled phones, with 200 million phones already in circulation capable of offering mobile payments. This prediction was reinforced by the recent announcement that the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will utilize NFC for their new Apple Pay service. Research has shown that 70 per cent of airline passengers take smart phones on board and it is estimated that by 2016 55 per cent of smart phones will be NFC-enabled.  All the top 50 mobile carriers globally are committed to NFC contactless payment.

Enabling NFC on board further reinforces Panasonic's vision of the 'seamless passenger travel thread' and will integrate with the industry's other NFC initiatives in baggage handling, check in and airport logistics.

Paul Margis, CEO of Panasonic Avionics, said: "This new technology will allow passengers around the world to personalize their travel experience and intensify their relationship with their airline in incredibly valuable ways."

"We have seen the demand from airlines and their passengers, and after two years of research and development, we are proud to continue our innovation leadership by delivering this latest technology solution to our customers."

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, 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 290 customers worldwide and provides IFEC systems on over 6,000 aircraft. For additional information, please visit http://www.panasonic.aero

Contact:
Brian Bardwell
Corporate Communications Manager
Panasonic Avionics Corporation
Tel: +1-949-462-1742
Email: Brian.Bardwell@panasonic.aero

Charlie Hampton
Bell Pottinger
Tel: +44-20-3772-2519
E-Mail: champton@bell-pottinger.com

 

SOURCE Panasonic Avionics Corporation