Etihad Airways to Add In-Flight Internet and Mobile Phone Service to Widebodies
Etihad Airways will add in-flight entertainment and in-flight Internet and TV to its new Airbus A380, Airbus A350, Boeing 787, and Boeing 777-300ER jets as well as to its current fleet of long-haul, wide-body aircraft, for a total of 100 planes.
Etihad will deploy systems from Panasonic Avionics, including the company’s eX2 and eX3 platforms, over a ten-year period and will use AeroMobile for in-flight telephony. The deal has a list price of more than $1 billion, including maintenance.
Etihad Airways is the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and, from its hub in Abu Dhabi, flies to 68 destinations across the globe, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Australia, and Germany.