Boeing on Monday named Bothell-based Panasonic Avionics as a provider of the inflight entertainment system for the 787 jet. The Panasonic system will...

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Boeing on Monday named Bothell-based Panasonic Avionics as a provider of the inflight entertainment system for the 787 jet. The Panasonic system will use a wireless network to deliver DVD-quality video to airplane seat-backs.

The Panasonic parent company, consumer electronics giant Matsushita of Japan, won its first aviation contract on the Boeing 767 program 25 years ago and set up its Bothell headquarters in the mid-1980s. The local unit now employs about 340 people, doing overall program management, as well as installation engineering and certification.

System design is done at a facility in Lake Forest, Calif. Production of the in-flight entertainment systems is done in Osaka, Japan.

Airlines that fly the 787, set to enter service in 2008, will have a choice between the Panasonic system and one provided by Thales of France.

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