October 31, 2023 – SKY Perfect JSAT announced today the execution of a multi-year agreement with Panasonic Avionics, the world’s leading supplier of in-flight entertainment and communication systems, to provide Gbps-class Ku-band capacity on Superbird-9, a software-defined high throughput satellite. This milestone agreement will contribute to Panasonic Avionics’ strategic expansion plans to deliver higher-speed internet connections and enhance in-flight experiences for airline passengers over Japan. Superbird-9 is a next-generation satellite which will have the largest capacity in the history of SKY Perfect JSAT satellites. Based on Airbus’ OneSat satellite system and its fully digital, highly flexible payload, Superbird-9 will be capable of reconfiguring its service area, capacity and frequency while in orbit to meet the demands of the evolving market, for example, by effectively allocating capacity between congested and non-congested areas in response to the needs of aeronautical customers. Service on Superbird-9 is scheduled to start in the first half of 2027. By securing this pre-launch commitment, SKY Perfect JSAT is poised to offer the high-capacity service on Superbird-9 at the earliest possible timing. Until then, capacity for Panasonic Avionics will be increased in phases, with other satellites.