Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a leader in inflight entertainment and communications (IFEC), and global satellite operator SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) today announced they have signed a major satellite capacity agreement to connect passengers aboard trans-Atlantic flights.

As part of the multi-year, multi-transponder deal, Panasonic will use the newly-launched SES-6 satellite and its high-powered Ku-band mobility beams over the Atlantic Ocean to deliver a complete entertainment and communications package to keep air travellers in touch in the sky. The SES capacity will support Panasonic's Global Communications Service, which provides passengers and crew with two-way broadband applications ranging from high-speed internet access, voice, and live TV, to the ability for the airline to monitor real-time operational data aboard the plane. Panasonic has begun its expanded trans-Atlantic inflight offerings with the initiation of service aboard the SES-6 satellite.

"Panasonic's global inflight connectivity service is unique, because of our ability, both technically and financially, to scale coverage and capacity anywhere in the world where our customers fly," said David Bruner, Vice President of Panasonic Avionics Corporation's Global Communications Service. "This new agreement between SES and Panasonic Avionics is an important step toward meeting the fast-growing demand for inflight entertainment and communications services over key trans-Atlantic routes and beyond."

"SES has made unprecedented strategic investments in significantly increasing capacity across our global fleet to meet the escalating demand for mobile entertainment and communications services over key regions and travel routes around the world," noted John Matlaga, Vice President of Enterprise and Mobility Services for SES' North American region. "With an exciting new partnership with Panasonic Avionics, we have the satellite reach and reliability to put the latest broadband and broadcast technologies at the fingertips of savvy airline passengers."