Panasonic's system consists of a fuselage-mounted antenna that communicates with a network of satellites, allowing it to provide higher data rates than tail-mounted antennas traditionally used on business aircrafts. The BBJ is ideally suited for carrying a larger antenna than traditional sized business jets so global coverage is possible. Unfortunately, there's still no word on any further expansion to commercial aircrafts, though if it's possible on the 737, it's possible on the 747.
"The eXConnect system installed on the Boeing 737 continues to exceed our expectations, and we are very excited to show customers, OEMs and other groups the true broadband experience made possible by our Ku solution," Paul Margis, CEO of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said in a statement. "Panasonic's new high-speed data system opens up a new capability to our customers that will help satisfy the growing need for passengers to be connected all the time, including in the air," Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor, said in a separate statement.
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