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Press Release: Panasonic reveals India-based engineering work

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Press Release hub banner blue with title in red white and bluePanasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic Avionics), the world’s leading supplier of in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems (IFEC), continues to enhance its global software development capabilities, and today the company introduced a rapidly growing set of capabilities based in Pune, India.

Panasonic Avionics’ operations in Pune are the latest Panasonic investment in India. Panasonic entered the Indian market in 1972 and since then the company has grown from strength to strength and now Panasonic Avionics joins Panasonic Life Solutions India, which currently has 13,000 employees at over 13 locations across India.

Panasonic Avionics’ new software design center is part of a company-wide effort to help airlines realize their passenger digital engagement vision using the most innovative IFE hardware, best-in-class enterprise software, seamless global high-speed connectivity, and worldwide support through maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services.

Satyen Yadav, Chief Technology Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, says: “It’s an incredibly exciting time in our industry as our airline partners are looking to enhance the travel journey in new and exciting ways. As a trusted partner to the world’s leading airlines, our goal is to unlock the potential of IFEC with solutions that give airlines the same flexibility they enjoy with their web and mobile solutions so that they can maximize their net promoter score (NPS), increase customer loyalty, drive revenue, and optimize their operational efficiencies.”

To support this vision, Panasonic Avionics is investing in state-of-the art labs in India that provide capability to build and validate new passenger experiences in both single and twin-aisle aircraft to match airlines’ need for the right kind of software solutions – all from a one-stop shop. As a result, the company is expanding its talent resources to replicate the full scale of a narrowbody or widebody aircraft, ensuring that it can fully test its IFE and connectivity software in situ and help airlines transform their in-cabin product.

The investment in Panasonic Avionics’ global software engineering capabilities will also help improve the time to market of robust, next generation in-flight entertainment systems, connectivity, and digital app solutions.

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Yadav added: “We are excited to complement the excellent work of our US-based teams with the development and growth of our new capabilities in India. This combined group of skilled engineers is enabling us to grow and future-proof our software development capabilities and ensure the highest levels of reliability in our systems. This new expertise in India is already delivering a wide range of software-related services – everything from new OS platforms, mobile apps, interactive software, cloud and data engineering to automation and software architecture design.”

In 2021, Panasonic Avionics invested in a ‘build-operate-transfer’ (BOT) operation that today employs over 250 skilled engineers. Over the next 12 months, Panasonic Avionics plans to unveil a new operations facility in Pune. The company is planning for further growth of engineers based in India to over 400, bringing Panasonic Avionics’ worldwide software development sites to four locations and a global team with more than 1,000 software developers.

About Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Panasonic Avionics Corporation is the world’s leading supplier of in-flight entertainment and communication systems. The company pioneered the industry beginning in 1979 and has consistently introduced innovations that enable unique customer experiences and enhance airline loyalty (NPS), ancillary revenue, and operational efficiency.

Leading airlines across the world have chosen to install Panasonic Avionics IFE systems on more than 15,000 commercial aircraft and satellite Wi-Fi connectivity on over 3,400 aircraft. Panasonic Avionics’ proven systems power approximately 70% of the global IFE-equipped fleet and is supported by the largest, global support and services team utilizing OEM insights to ensure peak system performance.

Panasonic Avionics Corporation is headquartered in California with over 3,500 employees and operates in 50 locations around the globe.

For additional information, please visit www.panasonic.aero

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