MEDIA RELEASE PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION SECURES ADDITIONAL CAPACITY ON ASIASAT 5 FOR ITS GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE LAKE FOREST, CA / HONG KONG, 18 October 2012 - Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), the world leader in state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) solutions, and Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat), Asia's leading satellite operator today jointly announced that Panasonic secured additional Ku-band capacity on AsiaSat 5 to support its Global Communications Service. This new capacity, which significantly enhances the existing coverage and capacity on AsiaSat 5 that Panasonic announced in September of 2011, helps ensure the best possible in-flight connectivity service for aircraft flying routes over the Middle East and India.

"The Middle East and India are two extremely strategic markets for Panasonic and our Global Communications Service, and we are very excited to have secured even more transponder space on AsiaSat 5," said David Bruner, Vice President of Panasonic Avionics Corporation's Global Communications Service. "As we continue to equip more and more aircraft that fly routes over these key, very high traffic markets, we will add the capacity and coverage necessary to ensure the industry's highest bandwidth at the lowest possible price."
"We are very pleased that Panasonic Avionics Corporation has expanded its use of capacity on AsiaSat 5 for its in-flight broadband services. AsiaSat 5's high power and wide Ku beam coverage have proved to be highly efficient for supporting not only ground - based fixed and mobile systems but also for sophisticated in-flight communication and
entertainment," said William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat.


Panasonic's Global Communications Service includes eXConnect, eXPhone and eXTV. 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.
eXPhone, offered in collaboration with AeroMobile's award winning in -flight mobile phone technology means that at 35,000 ft, passengers can stay in touch with loved ones, keep up to date and on top of work just as if they were on the ground. In an increasingly connected world, eXPhone allows passengers to use their mobile, Smartphone or BlackBerry to call, text, email, and browse and use their applications throughout the flight. With nothing for customers to do except turning on their devices, eXPhone mobile data also works with GSM-enabled tablets and laptops.
Panasonic's eXTV television network delivers high-quality, television programming to passengers during their flight. It provides live, uninterrupted content to aircraft flying al l over the world, even over oceans. The service offers several global channels as well as
regional channels.
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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 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 (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

About AsiaSat 5

AsiaSat 5 is a Space Systems/Loral's 1300 satellite launched in August 2009, operating at the orbital location of 100.5 degrees East. AsiaSat 5 carries 26 C-band and 14 Ku- band transponders, and has a design life of 15 years. Its powerful C-band footprint covers over 50 countries and regions spanning from Russia to New Zealand and from Japan to the Middle East and parts of Africa. The Ku-band coverage consists of two high powered fixed beams serving East Asia and South Asia, as well as a steerable beam.


About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading regional satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its four satellites, AsiaSat 3S at 105.5ºE, AsiaSat 4 at 122ºE, AsiaSat 5 at 100.5ºE and AsiaSat
7. The AsiaSat satellite fleet provides services to both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Some 500 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 620 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides telecommunications operators and end users services such as voice networks, private VSAT networks and broadband multimedia. AsiaSat's latest satellites, AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8, are planned to be launched in the first half of 2014. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit

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