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Panasonic Aviation Corporation enters new agreement for IFE systems with American Airlines.

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Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a provider of in-flight entertainment and communication (IFEC) systems, has entered an agreement with American Airlines (NYSE:AMR).

Under the agreement, Panasonic will install its Digital Overhead Audio/Visual Systems on multiple aircraft in American Airlines' fleet.

New installations of the system are now in service on 58 Boeing 767-300 aircraft, ten Boeing 767-200s and four Boeing 737-800s. The new contract also includes retrofitting of IFE systems on 106 Boeing 757-200s, which will be complete by November 2015, and five Boeing 767-200s, which will be complete by July 2009.

The Panasonic IFE system is currently in production on 72 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, scheduled for completion by October 2010. Retrofits of 18 Boeing 757-200 aircraft with Panasonic IFE systems for In-Seat Audio and Video on Demand in First Class and Digital Overhead Audio/Video capability in Economy Class are also currently underway and will be complete by December 2009.

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