Sky Hub,” Panasonic's Global Communications Suite, provides passengers with full broadband for the Internet, mobile phone services, high-speed Wi-Fi and data services, VoIP, streaming video and, in Gulf Air's installation, a live satellite TV feed. The carrier is providing live, uninterrupted television services on routes across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Panasonic also has added Ku coverage and capacity over the AsiaSat 5 satellite to support the company's eXConnect, eXPhone and eXTV services. The company's eXConnect provides two-way broadband connectivity supporting a wide range of passenger and crew applications, including Internet access, voice, data, and the ability to monitor and transmit airline operational data in real time at speeds of up to 50 Mbps to the aircraft.

Meanwhile, eXPhone, which is offered in collaboration with AeroMobile's mobile phone technology, allows passengers to use their mobile phones, smartphones or BlackBerrys to call, text, email and browse, and use other applications throughout the flight. With nothing for customers to do except turn on their devices, eXPhone mobile data also work with GSM-enabled tablets and laptops.

The Southern California company's eXTV television network delivers high-quality television programming to passengers during their flight. It provides live, uninterrupted content to aircraft flying all over the world, even over oceans. The service offers several global channels as well as regional channels.

Panasonic's new eXW offering, available as a standalone system or as an enhancement to more traditional Panasonic IFE product, will use a wireless network to enable passengers to access services such as onboard movies, music, news and in-cabin services, all through a personalized portal on their own Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, tablets, smartphones or other PEDs.