Panasonic Avionics Corporation's Integrated Smart Monitor Named Crystal Cabin Award Winner

By Panasonic Avionics Corporation, PRNE
Monday, May 17, 2010

HAMBURG, Germany, May 18, 2010 - Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), the world leader in
state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment and communication (IFEC) systems,
received a Crystal Cabin award yesterday at the annual Aircraft Interiors
Expo in Hamburg, Germany.

Panasonic was honored in the industrial design category for its
Integrated Smart Monitor. The Integrated Smart Monitor was born of a
groundbreaking collaboration with Weber Aircraft and Teague to produce the
industry's first fully integrated IFE seat solution.

"When we started this project, we wanted to address the full realm of
challenges with bolt-on IFEC solutions," said Marshal H. Perlman, Director,
Product Management of Panasonic Avionics Corporation. "To do that, we knew we
needed to work together to create an entirely new concept. The Crystal Cabin
Award validates our efforts and publicly demonstrates how collaboration can
revolutionize both design and function."

The vision was to create an integrated product that would decrease costs,
reduce complexity and create a premium entertainment experience for
travelers. The result was an IFE seat solution that seamlessly integrates
Panasonic's next-generation, touch-screen IFE monitor with an ultra-thin,
lightweight economy seat for an unprecedented level of class and comfort.

It is significantly lighter than other solutions, offers improved
reliability, and a home theater entertainment experience to airline
passengers while streamlining the aircraft manufacturing process with fewer

"Starting with R&D and at every step of the seat design, Weber ensures
the IFE integrates in a way that creates the most living space while
minimizing the impact to the overall seat weight. We've taken cooperation a
step further," said Jean-Marie Daout, Senior Director, Business Development
of Weber.

Sebastian Petry, Design Director of Teague, noted, "This is a
collaborative solution that allows airlines to offer a personal entertainment
space, closer to the home entertainment experience. It will help make travel
a better lifestyle experience."

"Regardless of the capabilities of any IFEC system, weight, space and
power draw are issues that loom large in the airline industry," said Paul
, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation. "Working
together with Weber and Teague, we made considerable progress in changing the
profile of our IFEC systems. But we can't rest on our laurels. We are
dedicated to leading the industry with innovations in both function and

The Crystal Cabin Award is the only international award for excellence in
aircraft interior innovation. The award is donated by the Senate of the Free
and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany, and is intended to recognize
significant improvements in passenger comfort. Entrants are judged on unique
features, market compatibility, aesthetics, engineering, usability and
economics. The award, established in 2007, has been presented annually at the
Aircraft Interiors Expo.

About Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Panasonic Avionics Corporation is the world's leading supplier of
in-flight entertainment and communication systems. The company's
best-in-class solutions, supported by professional maintenance services,
fully integrate with the cabin enabling airlines to deliver the ultimate
travel experiences with a rich variety of entertainment choices, resulting in
improved quality communication systems and solutions, and lower overall

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 (NYSE: PC). Headquartered
in Lake Forest, California with over 2,600 employees and operations in 50
locations worldwide, it serves over 200 customers worldwide and provides IFEC
systems on over 3,700 aircraft. For additional information, please visit

Theresa Yeoh of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, +1-949-632-0149, Theresa.Yeoh at

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