A day before its delivery flight, I went onboard Air New Zealand’s first Boeing 787-9 – the first 787-9 delivered to any customer and also the first long-haul jet painted in Air New Zealand’s glossy black ‘All Black’ theme livery – to see for myself the innovative new cabin-interior features the airline had installed.

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Under the agreement, Lake Forest, California-based Panasonic Avionics will supply IFEC systems for 20 Airbus A350-900 widebodies due for delivery from 2014, as well as for 15 more Airbus A330-300s and eight more Boeing 777-300ERs, deliveries of which are due to begin next year.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has selected Panasonic Avionics to provide in-flight entertainment systems and in-flight connectivity, including broadband Internet and live TV, for the airline’s existing widebody fleet and for all the widebody jets which Etihad has on order.

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