Honeywell Aerospace will provide its JetWave satellite communications hardware to Singapore Airlines for connection to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Aviation broadband solution, giving passengers a seamless experience of global high-speed in-flight connectivity and capability. The solution will be provided through Zodiac Inflight Innovations and SITAONAIR and provide a homelike and officelike Wi-Fi experience aboard aircraft via Inmarsat GX Ka-band network.
The installation of the first Global Xpress (GX) Aviation system is scheduled for the second half of 2016 and will be equipped on Singapore Airlines’ B777-300ER aircraft, followed by its A380-800s. GX is the only global Ka-band network designed around the requirements of mobile assets, including airplanes. GX Aviation is the first truly global high-speed in-flight connectivity service that will provide aircraft with data rates of up to 50Mbps. Using GX Aviation, passengers will be able to do everything from sending real-time social media updates and emails to live streaming TV, all while in flight and from virtually anywhere in the world, over both land and sea.
“Singapore Airlines is known for its world-class service and sees the value of high-speed Wi-Fi to keep its passengers connected, even on transoceanic flights,” said Brian Davis, vice president, Airlines, Asia Pacific, Honeywell Aerospace. “As consumer electronic devices continue to consume frequency bandwidth, more demand will be placed on high-speed satellite connectivity and infrastructure. Honeywell’s JetWave hardware and Inmarsat’s Global Xpress will support this growth trajectory, giving passengers greater flexibility and not have the frequent in-flight disruptions consumers currently experience on other available systems.”