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LISTEN UP: Why Airlines Should Tune In To Customizable Inflight Sounds

Guido Knook is the Head of Product at Berlin-based Mimi Hearing Technologies GmbH. A designer at heart, Knook helped design the first versions of Mimi’s patented hearing test and music products upon joining the company as a User Experience Designer in 2014. Since then, Knook has also served as the company’s Product Manager and Design Lead.

In this guest post, Knook talks about bringing Mimi’s game-changing intelligent hearing technology product, Mimi Defined™, into the airline cabin via Panasonic’s Wellness suite.

Hearing loss in the digital age

Most of us take our hearing for granted. That goes double for hearing loss, which is generally believed to be something that just sort of happens to us when we age. Since most of us accept the degradation in our hearing as inevitable, we don’t really do anything to address the issue in real time, as it’s happening.

But from the age of 18 on, and sometimes even younger, most people begin to lose their hearing. When you factor the frequent and widespread use of headphones and portable music players into the mix, the picture becomes even bleaker; once the default audio settings on our digital devices of choice stop getting the job done, most of us simply crank up the volume. This habit puts the hearing of millions of people worldwide at risk every single day.

According to the World Health Organization, 466 million people have disabling hearing loss—and that number will rise to 900 million by 2050. That makes combatting chronic hearing loss in the digital age a wellness priority across industries, including aviation.

Hoping to tackle this issue head-on, Mimi Hearing Technologies has been looking since 2014 to change the way people think about hearing and its vital role in wellness.

“Over the years, we realized that providing a solution for people to better hear their music or other audio content was only one part of the equation. What we really needed was a forward-thinking platform so we could reach people where they are actually listening with headphones on—like on airplanes.” - Guido Knook, Head of Product at Mimi Hearing Technologies GmbH.
Mimi’s origin story

Central to everything we do at Mimi is our founding principle of “one sound does not fit all.” Our mission from day one has been to ensure that everyone has the ability to hear well. One of the ways we set out to achieve this is through our award-winning Mimi Hearing Test app.

The Mimi Hearing Test measures a person’s hearing ability by turning their iPhone or Android devices into a simple, easy-to-use screening tool. This solution evolved over time to deliver personalized sound adapted to users’ hearing ability.

Over the years, we realized that providing a solution for people to better hear their music or other audio content was only one part of the equation. What we really needed was a forward-thinking platform so we could reach people where they are actually listening with headphones on—like on airplanes. Our current offering, Mimi Defined™, makes it possible.

That’s where our partnership with Panasonic on their new Wellness suite comes into play.

Mimi Defined™ and Wellness

Not only does Mimi Defined™ fit nicely in with Panasonic’s three existing Wellness solutions—Active Noise Control, Premium Seat Lighting, and nanoe™ technology—but it also aligns perfectly with Panasonic’s mission of improving the passenger experience through a mindful wellness narrative.

Because our personalized audio solution makes it easier to distinguish the details in the sounds users are hearing (even on a noisy airplane) the need for cranking the volume up inflight is significantly diminished. Aside from reducing fatigue and the resultant risk of further long-term hearing damage, this also offers passengers a more peaceful, short-term wellness experience inflight as well.

Mimi Defined™ isn’t just a potentially vital component of Panasonic’s Wellness Suite; it is also one of the easiest to integrate into existing IFEC platforms.

Integration benefits

Because there are virtually no logistical or regulatory hurdles involved in bringing Mimi Defined™ into the aircraft, carriers can focus instead on the wide range of benefits our technology affords them.

Aside from differentiating themselves from the pack—especially with younger, tech-savvy travelers who would no doubt appreciate the Mimi Defined™ “cool factor”—airlines could also showcase a host of personalization and accessibility travel options in a meaningful, impactful way.

Mimi Defined™ could prove to be key in ensuring long-time customer loyalty by bringing new features and benefits to carriers’ existing loyalty apps and websites. For instance, passengers could be made aware of Mimi’s capabilities when they book their ticket, allowing them time to download the loyalty app and take our hearing test before even boarding the plane.

Perhaps the biggest benefit to airlines is the way Mimi Defined™ engages the senses by working with the other elements of Wellness to enhance passengers’ transformative wellness journeys.

Looking to the future of Wellness

We are very excited about our ever-evolving partnership with Panasonic and we look forward to Mimi Defined™ taking flight very soon.

We hope to have even more exciting news to share with you at the upcoming AIX in Hamburg. Stay tuned!

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Survey Says: Airline Passengers’ Digital Preferences

When it comes to modern air travel, today’s customers demand up-to-the-minute information about their journeys. They want their gate information, bag tracking, security wait times, restaurant selections and the like, all at the touch of the finger. In other words, all delivered, in real time, to their personal mobile devices.

In fact, 73 percent of customers now want this kind of information available through their smartphones, according to International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) annual Global Passenger Survey (GPS). To come up with its conclusions, IATA surveyed 10,408 passengers from 145 countries.

According to the same survey, the percentage of customers who want these mobile notifications (SMS or push notifications) has increased by 10 percent in just the last two years. Presuming this trend continues as smartphone usage rises globally —airlines are presented with a unique opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with customers.

As evident from the GPS, Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice-President for Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security concludes, “The GPS tells us that passengers want a seamless and secure travel experience from booking to arrival.”

“Twenty years from now, mobile interactivity in our industry will be as ubiquitous as airport kiosks are today,`` says Sandoval. “If we start nurturing those systems now, then by the time these preference numbers double, the transition will be seamless and beneficial for airlines and customers alike.” - Gaston Sandoval, VP of Product Management and Marketing
Passengers want up-to-date flight information

Hands down, the most desired SMS capability is interactive flight status information; an overwhelming majority of those polled in the GPS—82 percent—confirmed.

Approximately 40 percent of the survey participants also want to know information about the time and distance to a gate; wait times at check-in, security, and border control and customs requirements.

As airports struggle to accommodate higher and higher volumes of customers, these kinds of notifications are becoming increasingly important helping passengers plan their travel to and from the airport with some degree of predictability.

With seemingly countless reasons why the modern air traveler would want such mobile interactive capabilities, Panasonic Avionics’ VP of Product Management and Marketing, Gaston Sandoval reflects, “A faster-paced business cycle requires connecting with your flights on-time and without delays. A more robust international security regimen makes it necessary to anticipate current conditions at customs checkpoints.”

A better check-in experience

For airline passengers, “interactive” doesn’t just mean having information at their fingertips; it’s also an opportunity to have greater personal control over the travel process itself. For instance, 84 percent of the survey participants want automated check-in, with over half of those preferring check-in via smartphone.

While not particularly new, the number of passengers wanting mobile boarding passes continues to increase, especially as online check-in proliferates the market.

Panasonic’s Sandoval continues to surmise “Consumer technology often moves faster than consumer buying habits and airlines are being challenged by customers to come up with ways to offer their services on personal electronic devices. Customers also expect to be able to seamlessly multiscreen between their PEDs and seatback IFE systems.”

A more productive inflight experience

Furthermore, we know that passengers don’t just toss their digital devices into their carry bags after takeoff. More often than not, they will use them to turn inflight hours into productive hours. According to IATA, passengers want to use onboard Wi-Fi to:

  • Search connecting flight-related information, such as gate numbers, 39 percent;
  • Plan their onward journey, such as accommodations and transportation, 37 percent;
  • Complete customs e-declarations or other forms, 33 percent.

Although passengers love inflight connectivity to get work done, they still prefer seatback inflight entertainment (IFE) screens to watch films and TV programs.

Joe Leader, CEO of the Airline Passenger Experience Association, isn’t too concerned about that trend. In 2018 Joe reflected, “For over a decade, the decline of embedded IFE has been incorrectly predicted. The answer for IFE is not one or the other; it’s both.”

Value-added services grow in popularity

For many airlines, turning the flight experience into an interactive consumer platform is still an evolving concept. Fortunately, guidance is provided by a significant proportion of early adopters who have expressed a desire to access additional services interactively, such as:

  • Enhanced airport services, 38 percent;
  • Destination-related information, 25 percent;
  • Airline products and services that they can purchase during the trip, 19 percent.

“More carriers are investing in solutions that optimize transaction flows and booking experiences, support local and regional APMs, and ‘bridge the gap’ between cash and the mobile economy across the Americas,” Noel Connolly, SVP and Global Head of Sales for Airlines and Hospitality for CellPoint Mobile, has said.

Digital baggage tracking is a new must-have

Aside from missing a flight, perhaps the most frustrating glitch for customers is when their baggage goes missing. As such, 56 percent of GPS respondents consider real-time baggage tracking to be “a must.” Specifically, passengers report wanting:

  • Bags tracked throughout their journey, 56 percent;
  • Receive notifications about their baggage, 49 percent;
  • Interactive access to baggage information and delivery wait times, 49 percent.

“The last thing a customer wants to do when their bag is delayed is to go in person to do something that can be done with a few taps on their phone, knowing that we’ll deliver their bag directly to them when it arrives,” explained Gil West, Chief Operating Officer at Delta Air Lines.

While there are differences between the generations, passengers aged 18–64 prefer using an electronic baggage tag to prepare baggage for check-in, while those over 65 want the support of an airline agent, the desire for mobile tracking appears to be generally on the rise.

“Twenty years from now, mobile interactivity in our industry will be as ubiquitous as airport kiosks are today,” says Sandoval. “If we start nurturing those systems now, then by the time these preference numbers double, the transition will be seamless and beneficial for airlines and customers alike.”

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FRESH AIR: Why Improving Air Quality Creates A More Comfortable Passenger Experience

We may not think about it often, but on a deeply primal level, our sense of smell plays a huge role in our daily lives. In fact, new research out of Norway suggests that of our five traditional senses—hearing, sight, smell, taste, and touch—smell is perhaps our most vitally important sense of all.

Not only does our sense of smell instantly evoke memories of people, places, and emotions, but it also helps determine how food tastes and where to find it. A study published in 2014 even found that our sense of smell helps keep us alive.

But perhaps the most interesting aspect of smells, from a wellness perspective, is how they make us feel—whether we’re in a garden, at the doctor’s office, or even on a crowded airplane.

That’s why when we first started developing our Wellness Solution, our patented nanoe™ air cleansing technology was one of the key pillars from the get-go.

What is nanoe™?

Our health and beauty division was the first to develop and use nanoe™. It’s been featured in a number of Panasonic products over the years, including hair dryers, flat irons, facial steamers, humidifiers, and air conditioners. But when we started to see its potential applications on the automotive front, we decided that bringing nanoe™ into the airplane cabin was not only possible, but essential to offering passengers an optimal wellness experience.

nanoe™ uses the humidity present in air to produce very small, non-toxic, electrostatic-charged water particles (nanoparticles) that are about 15,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. nanoe™ doesn’t mask bad odors; it encapsulates them and suppresses them—similar to products like Febreze—to stop the odor-causing contaminants from smelling.

Since the nanoe™ particles are so small, they easily permeate fabrics used in the passenger’s seat and clothing, and are useful for suppressing mold, bacteria and pet-related allergens.

“nanoe™ uses the humidity present in air to produce very small, non-toxic, electrostatic-charged water particles (nanoparticles) that are about 15,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.” - Gaston Sandoval, VP of Product Management and Marketing
The great french-fry experiment

At the recent APEX EXPO in Boston, we put nanoe™ to the test with a unique, powerful demonstration. Every night, we would purchase french fries from a popular fast-food chain and place strips of cloth in a paper bag along with the fries to absorb their smell. The next day we brought the french fry-scented strips of cloth to the show for customers to smell. Then we would place the strips in the nanoe™ device and 90 seconds later, the smell was gone.

Aside from generating a lot of interest from potential customers on the showroom floor, the demonstration proved to be a simple yet very effective way of communicating to airlines the value of a wellness solution like nanoe™.

nanoe™ takes flight

Looking to transform the inflight wellness narrative for travelers everywhere, nanoe™ is set to launch soon in conjunction with our other key Wellness solutions, Active Noise Control and Premium Seat Lighting.

And though nanoe™ is initially set to debut in first- and business-class cabins, the potential future uses for nanoe™ throughout the cabin—including the galley, lavatories, and even that dreaded middle seat in coach—are definitely something we’re open to exploring. For now, our primary focus is on bringing a mindful, multidimensional wellness experience to our launch airline partner and their passengers through our Wellness suite.

When we first started developing Wellness, we kept coming back to the core concepts of care and comfort, and that’s really how all of the components fit together for us. Because, deep down, Wellness is about developing solutions that engage all of our senses to make passengers feel more comfortable and cared for when they fly. And our sense of smell is a huge part of that equation.

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BUCKLE UP Inside 2019’s Top Tech and Travel Trends

If the recent CES show—which showcased everything from smart helmets to infant sleep sensors to meditation headbands—is any indication, 2019 will be a year of tech-human convergence. That goes double on the travel front, where a host of cool, high- and low-tech travel trends are looking to keep forward-thinking carriers on their toes.

With that in mind, we looked into our industry trend gurus’ crystal balls to weigh in on some of the potentially hottest tech and travel trends airlines can expect to hear a lot more about in 2019.

Solo travel

Although some still bristle at the notion of eating in a crowded restaurant or going to the movies alone, solo travel adventures are shaping up to be the next big thing—especially for women.

Whether sparked by social media’s FOMO (fear of missing out) effect or the enduring popularity of best-selling travelogues as Eat, Pray, Love and Wild, solo travel is hitting new heights. In fact, solo travel is so hot right now that Lonely Planet recently published a solo travel guidebook with chapters covering everything from the importance of staying connected with someone back home to the 10 things you need to learn about yourself while traveling solo.

With aspirational social site Pinterest clocking a 600 percent uptick in searches for the term “solo travel” in 2018 alone, carriers should expect to see a lot more parties of one taking flight this year.

Micro-trips

Piggybacking on the solo travel trend is the surging popularity of last-minute weekend trips, or micro-vacations. Often spurred by impossibly cheap flash-sale airfares posted online and shared across social media, booking a last-minute weekend trip to Costa Rica the Tuesday before has never been easier or more affordable.

As the natural offshoot of the Airbnb-style home-sharing trend and pack-a-bag-and-go weekend road trips, micro-trips are proving to be popular with budget-conscious passengers across all demographics. And with many micro-vacationers taking several short trips a year rather than one long jaunt every summer, airlines who capture the hearts and minds of this new breed of wanderlust-seeking jet-setters early on could easily differentiate themselves from the pack.

Hyper-personalization

Whether you think personalized digital marketing is creepy or cool, a recent report from CBInsights is predicting that 2019 is the year that personalization goes into hyperdrive.

Hyper-personalization takes the concept of personalized emails, IFEC, and product offerings to the next level using relevant, real-time data to offer consumers highly-individualized experiences via their platform of choice. It could prove to be a game-changer for the airline and hospitality industries, especially if used to offer passengers an artfully curated end-to-end travel experience.

Already making waves on the digital music front thanks to Spotify’s much buzzed-about partnership with Ancestry.com to offer users DNA-curated playlists, the future of next-gen personalization seems wide open.

Sustainable travel

Although many eco-friendly travelers may embrace the zero-waste movement at home, staying 100 percent green when traveling, especially abroad, has traditionally proven to be a bit more difficult. Until now.

Sustainable travelers are looking to leave the mountains, cities, and beaches they travel to as pristine and untouched as they were when they arrived. In fact, sometimes they leave them even cleaner.

The zero-waste travel movement might be bigger than previously thought. A recent report from Booking.com found that 67 percent of travelers would be willing to pay up to five percent more for green accommodations if they were available.

Look for this trend to sprout all sorts of new ancillary-revenue opportunities for green-minded carriers in 2019 and beyond.

Wellness

With guided meditation apps like Calm and Headspace currently on about a dozen airline IFE systems, and our new Wellness solution set to take flight soon, it’s clear that the $4.2-trillion global wellness industry is showing no signs of slowing down in 2019.

Emerging travel trends such as grief retreats, momcations, and Shinrin-yoku (AKA Japanese forest bathing) are making waves online by combining immersive wellness with solo travel.

IFE systems and other cabin technologies can become part of these wellness seekers’ travel experience. Relevant content and destination services are a part of it; other solutions include air purification, personalized cabin lighting, customized audio, special music-streaming or podcast playlists, and so on. These options could prove to be just what the doctor ordered in these hectic times.

Augmented reality (AR)

With everyone from Amazon and IKEA to online household goods purveyor Wayfair.com hopping on the AR bandwagon last year, 2019 might be the year the technology finally connects in a meaningful way with consumers. And it’s not just for gaming and social media.

A number of new retail and ecommerce AR apps are already offering users the ability to test drive a new couch, lamp, or even a suitcase with a swipe of their finger. Carriers are following in suit; for instance, KLM uses AR to help passengers determine which suitcase to bring. Virgin, meanwhile, is using it on the training and operational front.

Opportunities will surely abound this year for airlines looking to get in on the AR awesomeness themselves.

Technology convergence

After years of just talking about it, Forbes is predicting that AR, VR, machine learning, and blockchain will finally converge in 2019 to “unlock an incredible amount of value for businesses.”

Air New Zealand has tested an inflight AR solution that uses Microsoft HoloLens headsets to help cabin crew better understand how their passengers are feeling. The headset also instantly matches passengers’ faces to their scanned passport pics, which helps ensure that only ticketed passengers are onboard. There’s major potential in using technologies like these to boost ancillaries related to inflight service, shopping, and IFE preferences.

In an age of personalization, there are no more one-size-fits-all solutions. But with new, emerging, and evolving technologies coming to the fore, forward-thinking carriers who strike the right balance between the personal and the digital will reap big rewards in 2019 and beyond.

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Lake Forest, California – January 15, 2019 – Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic Avionics) has appointed Kimberly Chainey as its General Counsel.

Ms. Chainey is a legal leader and corporate generalist with over 15 years of experience advising senior executives of Fortune 500 companies, venture businesses, and government entities.

As chief legal officer and a member of the executive team, Chainey will advise Panasonic Avionics’ leadership on the company’s strategic direction.

Her responsibilities will include overseeing legal issues, promoting a disciplined compliance culture and analyzing legislation and its effect on the company. She will also manage commercial contracts and lead complex projects and transactions.

Chainey will report directly to Jessica Hodkinson, the General Counsel of Panasonic Corporation of North America (PNA) with a dotted line reporting structure to Panasonic Avionics’ Chief Executive Officer, Hideo Nakano.

Hideo Nakano, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics, says: “Kimberly’s wealth of legal leadership experience and proven track record with other major corporations make her a natural fit for Panasonic Avionics. We are delighted to welcome her to our team.”

Kimberly Chainey, General Counsel of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, says: “I am excited to be joining such a dynamic, industry-leading company, and I look forward to playing a key role in supporting Panasonic Avionics’ global organization.”

Chainey joins Panasonic Avionics from the Avis Budget Group where she was the Associate General Counsel, Global M&A, Strategy and Innovation. Prior to that, she served as The Hershey Company’s, Associate General Counsel, International. She also has held roles with a number of other leading firms including Morgan Lewis and Procter and Gamble.

She earned her Juris Doctor from The University of Pennsylvania Law School and her MBA from The Wharton School of Business. Chainey also received her BA in Environmental Science, cum laude from Harvard University, Harvard-Radcliffe College.

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About Panasonic Avionics Corporation
Panasonic Avionics Corporation is the world’s leading supplier of inflight entertainment and communication systems. The company’s best-in-class solutions, supported by professional maintenance services, fully integrate with the cabin enabling its customers 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 5,000 employees and operations in 80 global locations, it has delivered over 9,000 IFE systems and 2,000 inflight connectivity solutions to the world’s leading airlines.

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  • One of the world’s first Core Network as a Service solutions is now in live operation, supporting mobile connectivity across a global footprint of commercial airlines.
  • The 5G ready solution will deliver a richer connected experience for commercial aircraft passengers and airlines.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) have announced that Ericsson’s Core Network as a Service solution is now live, supporting connectivity services across multiple markets served by Panasonic.

Ericsson’s Core Network as a Service solution will help Panasonic and its subsidiary AeroMobile, a global GSMA telecoms operator, provide data, voice and messaging services to the millions of airline passengers that use these services inflight. The collaboration between Ericsson, Panasonic and AeroMobile, Panasonic’s service provider and GSMA telecoms operator, started in 2016 and is now fully operational and delivers services to Panasonic customers worldwide.

As part of Panasonic’s initiative to bring a superior connected experience onboard commercial aircraft, Panasonic and Ericsson have seamlessly migrated the existing service operating across a global fleet of aircraft onto the Core Network, delivered as a Service, while maintaining network performance and customer experience.

Every passenger whose mobile service provider has a roaming agreement with AeroMobile can use the service, which is supported by over 350 mobile operators across the globe and delivered inflight on board more than 20 of Panasonic’s global commercial airline customers. Since launching the service, over 40 million passengers have successfully connected to the AeroMobile network inflight.

The geo-redundant solution is delivered through Ericsson’s ground-breaking Core Network as a Service and includes virtualized network applications such as packet core, unified data management, mediation, and mobile switching delivered on the Ericsson NFV Infrastructure. The Core Network solution is part of Ericsson’s as a Service offering to service providers globally and is able to support 5G services to the passenger and airline.

Kevin Rogers, CEO of AeroMobile, says: “Our partnership with Ericsson, and the technology provided, will allow us to better serve the communications needs of our passenger and airline customers. Furthermore, the solution enables us to grow our footprint and expand into other services offering a richer experience for the passenger and operational efficiencies for our airline customers. We are looking forward to continuing our exciting collaboration with Ericsson”.

Marielle Lindgren, Head of Ericsson UK and Ireland, says: “Panasonic Avionics is the first customer on Ericsson’s newly introduced Core Network as a Service solution, which aims to bring Ericsson’s leadership and expertise to a wide range of service providers. We’re proud to have initially been chosen as Panasonic Avionics’ supplier for a 5G ready core network, and pleased that the project is now live.”

The two companies will explore other services to address further market segments and opportunities, while ensuring service continuity and the constant evolution of the live network, including exploring new 5G use cases.

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ABOUT PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
Panasonic Avionics Corporation is the world’s leading supplier of inflight entertainment and communication systems. The company’s best-in-class solutions, supported by professional maintenance services, fully integrate with the cabin enabling its customers 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 5,000 employees and operations in 80 global locations, it has delivered over 9,000 IFE systems and 2,000 inflight connectivity solutions to the world’s leading airlines.

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  • TRT World has teamed up with Panasonic Avionics, the worldwide leader in inflight entertainment and connectivity, to launch for inflight broadcasting.
  • The service is being broadcast via satellite to specially-equipped aircrafts.


Lake Forest, California – 19 November, 2018 –
TRT World, international news platform launched in 2015 and headquartered in Istanbul, offers an alternative viewpoint on global and domestic events, challenging perceived narratives and providing a much-needed new perspective on news. With this agreement with Panasonic, TRT World will extend its reach to passengers on airlines around the world.

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), the world leader in inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) provides inflight connectivity and infotainment content for over 80 connectivity customers around the world. This partnership enables Panasonic to extend TRT World’s live broadcast to many of the world’s leading international carriers, including Turkish Airlines.

“It is important to stay informed and up-to-date on world events. Passengers tune in to different outlets for news and it’s vital to have variety in your sources to have a more well-rounded view of current events. Thanks to Panasonic for making this challenge a lot easier during flight” said Fatih Er, Director of News and Programmes, TRT World “Partnering with Panasonic to deliver our content inflight is a major achievement to fulfill our promise to offer our service everywhere, whatever platform our audience prefer to receive it.”

Julie Lichty, Head of Digital Solutions and Services at Panasonic Avionics said, “ Panasonic is proud to offer the world’s only truly global inflight live television services. Whether it’s the best in current affairs, sports and entertainment from a selection of the world’s premier media brands, our mission is to keep passengers informed and entertained with quality programming. We believe that TRT World is a significant enhancement to our portfolio, and will be a tremendous  enhancement to our airline customers’ passenger experience”.

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TRT World, Turkey’s first English broadcasting international news platform was launched in 2015 with headquarters in Istanbul and four newsrooms including an extensive global bureau network covering major regions and hot spots. Strategically designed to maximize its global reach, it is broadly available in all major English-speaking countries, and can be accessed via traditional media, including free-to-air, cable and satellite, and other digital platforms, including mobiles, desktops and social media. A distinctive voice to the global news landscape, this is TRT World.

www.trtworld.com
twitter.com/trtworld
facebook.com/trtworld
youtube.com/trtworld

Address: TRT World Headquarters Ahmet Adnan Saygun Street No:83
34347 Ulus, Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey

Phone: +90 212 326 30 00

Contact: corporate.comm@trtworld.com

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Calgary, Alberta – 10 October, 2018FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. (TSX-V: FLY) (OTCQX: FLYLF) (the “Company” or “FLYHT”) is pleased to announce it has acquired the assets of Panasonic Weather Solutions (“PWS“), based in Littleton, Colorado, from Panasonic Avionics Corporation (“PAC“). Currently serving more than a dozen airlines in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia, PWS provides Iridium satellite communications systems, aircraft tracking and alerting, the FlightLink Iridium Satellite Data Unit, and Tropospheric Airborne Meteorological Data Reporting (TAMDAR) sensors.

The assets FLYHT is acquiring include among other things, 27 employees; 10 service contracts with airlines in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia, including a major Asian carrier; an Iridium Value Added Reseller (VAR) license, and a Federal Aviation Administration Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) capability; the technology and intellectual property for the FlightLink Iridium Satellite Data Unit and Tropospheric Airborne Meteorological Data Reporting (TAMDAR) sensor; and a weather observation contract through a third party that supplies weather data observations to NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

Pursuant to a transition agreement between the parties which ends March 31, 2020 (the “Transition Period”), FLYHT and PAC will work closely together to complete several ongoing FlightLink and TAMDAR deployment programs, while also providing Tier 1 and warranty support via PAC’s Customer Performance Center and Panasonic Technical Services’ facilities. This Transition Period will give FLYHT time to integrate business and operational functions between its Calgary, Alberta and PWS’ Littleton, CO locations. In addition, to keep the asset acquisition cash-flow neutral to FLYHT during this period, PAC will pay FLYHT a subsidy of USD$3.3 million. PAC’s total subsidy can be increased or reduced if FLYHT’s income relating to the acquired PWS assets falls short of or exceeds certain agreed upon thresholds. Pursuant to the terms of the acquisition of PWS assets and the transition agreement, FLYHT is paying no monetary consideration to PAC for the PWS assets.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for FLYHT to grow the business,” said Thomas R. Schmutz, Chief Executive Officer of FLYHT. “This agreement will gain the Company a large operator and establish a brand-new revenue stream—weather observations and services. We will include this new part of our business in our SaaS, or Software as a Service revenues, and we will periodically report on the weather component separately to demonstrate our progress with this new technology and customer base.”

FLYHT will continue to install the significant sales contract backlog included with this asset transfer according to customer provided schedules. This transaction is expected to almost double (1.74x) FLYHT’s current overall revenue (adding approximately USD$8.4 million at margins of 41%) and more than double (2.47x) FLYHT’s current SaaS revenues (adding approximately USD$5.2 million at 52% margin), when calculated on an annualized basis at the end of the Transition Period (assuming the install schedules are completed as currently anticipated). The asset acquisition plan anticipates new revenue of approximately USD$11.7 million contributing 45% gross margin during the Transition Period. It is important to note that during the Transition Period, FLYHT will need to increase the number of worldwide TAMDAR installations to preserve the total planned weather observation related revenues, which at approximately USD$3 million represents 46% of SaaS revenue increases during such period. Also, FLYHT will need to earn additional business and/or reduce expenses related to these new assets and operations for them to add positively to FLYHT’s income.

The PWS fleet has more than 200 active units in service and holds existing agreements that could nearly double this number over the transition period. The agreement also gives PAC the right to resell FLYHT’s products and solutions, on a non-exclusive basis, to commercial aviation operators.

Hideo Nakano, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation said, “I want to personally thank the PWS team for their significant contributions to our company over the last several years. During that time, this group has created, implemented and delivered an industry-leading and ICAO-compliant aircraft tracking and alerting system. They have also played a key role in our work with airline customers to reduce CO2 emissions.” “After many months of evaluating partners for PWS, it’s clear that FLYHT is the ideal choice to foster long-term sustainable growth for FlightLink, AirMap, TAMDAR and other PWS products and services. We look forward to collaborating with FLYHT and our colleagues from the PWS team on future endeavors that help our industry capture the true value of a connected aircraft.”

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More About Panasonic Weather Services Solutions
For more than a decade, Panasonic Weather Services has developed and deployed TAMDAR on more than 300 aircraft. What makes TAMDAR unique is that it captures temperature, pressure, winds aloft, icing, turbulence and relative humidity, bundles the data with GPS (Global Positioning System) data and transmits the information, in real-time, over satellite networks. Like the data traditionally gathered by worldwide weather balloons, this information is used to update weather models. Unlike weather balloons, TAMDAR collects the data continuously and in real-time. TAMDAR technology is protected by several U.S. and worldwide patents, and the relative humidity data, gathered throughout an aircraft’s flight, makes these weather soundings particularly valuable to meteorologists.

PWS’ FlightLink and AirMap technologies provide capabilities similar to FLYHT’s FLYHTLog product, including flight tracking, Out-Off-On-In (OOOI) messages and an Aircraft Situational Display (ASD). Additional capabilities include an Aircraft Communications Addressing & Reporting System (ACARS) communications function for pilots, plus the ability to ingest flight plans and provide warnings when aircraft deviate from plan or exhibit low fuel relative to plan.

With plans to integrate PWS’ AirMap with its own server, UpTime, FLYHT intends to create a best-of-breed situation and tracking service. This solution will take advantage of the benefits of the Company’s patented and unique real-time aircraft exceedance monitoring, engine trending, flight data recorder streaming, fuel training modules and “Virtual Cockpit” capabilities.

About FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd.
2018 marks FLYHT’s 20th anniversary as a leader in real-time aircraft data streaming. FLYHT’s mission is to improve aviation safety, efficiency and profitability (located in Calgary, Canada; publicly traded as: FLY:TSX.V; FLYLF:OTCQX). Airlines, leasing companies, fractional owners and original equipment manufacturers have installed the Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) on their aircraft. The solution is used to capture, process and stream aircraft data providing real-time alerts. AFIRS sends this information through satellite networks to FLYHT’s UpTimeTM Cloud data center, which gives aircraft operators direct insight into the operational status and health of their aircraft, which in turn enables them to take corrective action to maintain the highest standard of operational control. The company recently acquired the assets of Panasonic Weather Services, including FlightLinkTM Iridium Satellite Data Unit and Tropospheric Airborne Meteorological Data Reporting (TAMDARTM) sensor. For more information visit www.flyht.com

LEARN MORE ON OUR CONFERENCE CALL THURSDAY OCTOBER 11, 2018
FLYHT will host a live conference call to discuss the acquisition of the PWS assets, on Thursday, October 11 at 2:30 pm MDT (4:30 pm EDT, 1:30 pm PDT).

The conference call will include a brief presentation from FLYHT’s CEO Thomas R. Schmutz and CFO Alana Forbes about the agreement into which the Company has entered, followed by a question and answer period with management.

To access the conference call by phone within Canada and the U.S.A., the toll-free number is 1- 800-319-4610. Outside Canada and the U.S.A., dial 1-604-638-5340. (Callers should dial in five to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time).

Management will accept questions by telephone and e-mail. Individuals wishing to ask a question during the call, can do so by pressing *1. Questions can be emailed in advance or during the conference call to investors@flyht.com.

An archive of the conference call will be posted on the Presentations and Webcasts section of FLYHT’s website as soon as it is available from the conference call provider. http://flyht.com/presentation-and-webcast/.

Contact information
FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd.
Alana Forbes
Chief Financial Officer
403-291-7437
aforbes@flyht.com

Adelaide Capital Markets Inc.
Deborah Honig
647-203-8793
deborah@adelaidecapital.ca

Reader Advisory

Except for statements of historical fact, this news release contains certain “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities law. Forward-looking information is frequently characterized by words such as “plan”, “expect”, “project”, “intend”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “estimate” and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur. In particular, forward-looking information in this press release includes, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the terms of this agreement, business growth and integrations, anticipated/projected revenues and expenses, product installations timing and related matters. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. We cannot guarantee future results, performance or achievements. Consequently, there is no representation that the actual results achieved will be the same, in whole or in part, as those set out in the forward-looking information.

Forward-looking information is based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made and are founded on the basis of expectations, assumptions and hypotheses made by the Company, including, but not limited to, the following: projected costs, future plans, projected revenues, objectives of management for future operations, trends in the airline industry, the global financial outlook, expanding markets, foreign exchange rate outlooks, sales projections, cost increases and/or decreases as related to marketing, R&D, administration expenses. The forward-looking information included in this news release has been prepared using assumptions (all of which are supportable and reflect the Company’s planned courses of action for the next 12 months) as to the most probable set of economic conditions. Such assumptions are consistent with the purpose of the information but are not necessarily the most probable in management’s judgement. Such forward-looking information is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking information. Some of the risks and other factors that could cause the results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking information include, but are not limited to: general economic conditions in Canada, the United States and globally; industry conditions, the failure of certain business integrations between the parties, the failure to attract new business and reduce expenses, delays in product installation schedules, the availability of capital on acceptable terms; the need to obtain required approvals from regulatory authorities; stock market volatility; liabilities inherent in operations; competition for, among other things, capital and skilled personnel and other factors. Readers are cautioned that this list of risk factors should not be construed as exhaustive.

The forward-looking information contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. We undertake no duty to update any of the forward-looking information to conform such information to actual results or to changes in our expectations except as otherwise required by applicable securities legislation. The forward-looking information has been provided to the readers of this news release to assist in assessing the impact of the transaction disclosed herein on the Company and such forward-looking information may not be appropriate for other purposes. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.

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Lake Forest, California – 10 October, 2018 – Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) has appointed Donny Cheah, as Regional Vice President, China.

This strategic hire will bolster Panasonic’s presence in China which is the fastest-growing region in the world for air travel. To date, Panasonic has sold more than 2,000 inflight entertainment and connectivity solutions to airlines based in this region.

Donny will also serve as the president of Panasonic Avionics (China) Co., Ltd. (PACN) which will be newly established in Shanghai, China this year. In his business management role, Donny will oversee account management, customer support, repairs & maintenance, media & creative services, along with the service functions of quality, human resources, IT, and customs compliance in the China region.

Donny brings 25 years of experience in the technology and telecommunications industries with roles based across the Asia Pacific region, including Hong Kong and Singapore. Most recently, he was President & CEO at Sumitomo Drive Technologies, with P&L responsibility for China and Hong Kong.

Prior to this, Donny spent almost 15 years at Singapore Telecommunications Ltd, where he gained significant commercial experience, including: Managing Director of China, Senior Director of Global Accounts, and Regional Head of Australia, India, Middle East, and subsequently Europe and U.S.

Cate Gutowski, Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Services at Panasonic Avionics Corporation, says: “Donny’s wealth of commercial knowledge and business leadership expertise in the Asia Pacific market will be instrumental in leading our China team as we grow our presence in this exciting and dynamic region.”

Commenting on his appointment, Donny Cheah, Regional Vice President, China at Panasonic Avionics Corporation, says: “The Asia Pacific region, and China in particular, is a rapidly growing aviation market – and one that is integral to Panasonic’s success in the region. To be joining the company at this exciting time as it evolves into a digital services and solutions business is a great honor.”

Donny holds a Masters in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland and a Bachelor of Business, Marketing and Management from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

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About Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Panasonic Avionics Corporation is the world’s leading supplier of inflight entertainment and communication systems. The company’s best-in-class solutions, supported by professional maintenance services, fully integrate with the cabin enabling its customers 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 5,000 employees and operations in 80 global locations, it has delivered over 9,000 IFE systems and 2,000 inflight connectivity solutions to the world’s leading airlines.

For additional information, please visit www.panasonic.aero

Media contacts

Brian Bardwell
Manager, Corporate Communications
Tel: +1 949 462 1742
Brian.Bardwell@panasonic.aero

Charlie Hampton
Tel: +44 (0)7884 187297
Charlie@pembrokeandrye.com

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Lake Forest – 8 October 2018 – Singapore Airlines and Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) have been awarded the ‘Best Personalization Innovation’ award at the 2018 Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Awards.

The award recognizes myKrisWorld, a new IFEC solution developed by Panasonic, its subsidiary, Tactel, and Singapore Airlines, which creates personalized inflight experiences for passengers, and allows the carrier to extend its loyalty program to its onboard services.

For decades, Singapore Airlines has partnered with Panasonic to make its vision of the ultimate passenger experience a reality. The companies have collaborated on a number of industry firsts that have created a range of new services and solutions that enhance the inflight entertainment experience. This latest award reinforces the carrier’s position as an industry leader in innovation and underscores its commitment to perpetually creating an improved passenger experience.

Hideo Nakano, Chief Executive Officer at Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said: “This award represents the latest milestone in our longstanding partnership with Singapore Airlines, which is an innovative leader and a highly valued customer.

“Personalization is revolutionizing the way that airlines engage with their customers, and this award demonstrates how Panasonic and Singapore Airlines are together pushing the boundaries of the passenger experience.”

Mr Yeoh Phee Teik, Senior Vice President Customer Experience at Singapore Airlines, said: “Singapore Airlines is pleased that myKrisWorld has received recognition through this award and we are proud to have worked with Panasonic to develop this world’s first in terms of personalised in-flight entertainment features. SIA is constantly looking for innovative ways to create a better travel experience for customers and we will continue to do so by offering cutting-edge products onboard.”

For passengers, the myKrisWorld platform introduces a seamless ground to air experience. From the moment a Singapore Airlines passenger books their flight, to when they reach their destination, the platform enables pre-flight content selection, personalized recommendations in flight, a multi-screen experience, and habit recognition, empowering Singapore Airlines to understand customer usage patterns and activities.

Other innovations that Singapore Airlines’ passengers benefit from include language preference storage and wallpaper customization between flights, and exclusive content based on frequent flier tier, powered by Panasonic’s data analysis and actionable analytics.

The awards, which celebrate the top innovators from airlines and vendor partners in the aviation industry, took place on Monday 24th September at the APEX Expo in Boston, Massachusetts.

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About Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Panasonic Avionics Corporation is the world’s leading supplier of inflight entertainment and communication systems. The company’s best-in-class solutions, supported by professional maintenance services, fully integrate with the cabin enabling its customers 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 5,000 employees and operations in 80 global locations, it has delivered over 9,000 IFE systems and 2,000 inflight connectivity solutions to the world’s leading airlines.

For additional information, please visit www.panasonic.aero

Media contacts

Brian Bardwell
Manager, Corporate Communications
Tel: +1 949 462 1742
Brian.Bardwell@panasonic.aero

Charlie Hampton
Tel: +44 (0)7884 187297
Charlie@pembrokeandrye.com

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