For any AV integrator travelling abroad, one of the worst experiences on any plane will typically have something to do with the in-flight entertainment system. The reason behind this common irk is simple – most in-flight entertainment systems use low-resolution screens that are extremely unenjoyable to watch.

For those sitting in business class however, Panasonic may have found a solution, as its latest lie-flat business class seat features a 4K Ultra HD TV alongside some other nifty gadgets.

Launched at the Hamburg Aircraft Interior Expo, the seat dubbed ‘Waterfront’ is the first time Panasonic has offered a complete solution to airlines. While the airline has supplied in-flight entertainment systems in the past, it’s the first time it has designed its very own seat.

Airlines opting to install the Waterfront will get a whole host of the latest technologies, with Panasonic really showcasing its strengths with its first seat. On top of the 24in 4K Ultra HD display, which is the first in-flight system boasting Ultra HD thus far, Panasonic has also included other nifty features including lighting control via an App and wireless phone charging.

Passengers boarding a flight with Panasonic’s Waterfront will be able to fine tune the seat to their exact liking using the accompanying App. Whether it’s changing the lighting which surrounds the water bottle or even controlling the entertainment system – the App promises to be one of the most robust around.

Currently a 4K airliner streaming player doesn’t exist, meaning the airline’s own content will be at most 1080p. To get around that restriction Panasonic has included an HDMI input to allow passengers to watch their own movies or even use the display as a second screen while they get work done.

For those flying with a group of friends, Panasonic has also included the ability to video chat directly from the display, thanks to its integrated camera.

While Panasonic has become the first company to announce a 4K Ultra HD display in the aviation industry, it may not be the first to install one. Panasonic has admitted that its seat won’t arrive until 2019, so it gives other manufacturers plenty of time to come up with their very own high-resolution displays.

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