AIX: Inmarsat and MCN joint venture targets Chinese aviation community

Inmarsat and Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company Ltd. (MCN), have announced plans to create a joint venture with the aim of providing aircraft cabin and cockpit connectivity solutions to China’s fast-growing commercial aviation market.

China is one of the fastest growing markets for Inmarsat’s mobile satellite-based voice and broadband services, delivering double-digit growth in the last five years.

Leo Mondale, president of Inmarsat Aviation, said, “China is one of the world’s fastest-growing commercial aviation markets and when the proposed joint venture with MCN is finalised, the new company would provide the country with access to the most advanced cockpit and cabin connectivity solutions available today and in the future.

Extending our long-standing partnership allow us to build on the significant interest that we have received in the market to date, with Air China set to trial GX Aviation this year.”

Song Zhen, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for MCN, said, “Together, Inmarsat and MCN have been supporting important developments in the Chinese aviation industry for some time. Air China, for instance, operated the country’s first flight equipped with in-flight connectivity in 2013, using Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband to power the service on board its Airbus A330 between Beijing and Chengdu. With the introduction of next generation solutions, such as GX Aviation and SwiftBroadband-Safety, it is the perfect time to strengthen our partnership with a joint venture that is committed to ensuring China has access to the latest connectivity technology.”

Under the proposed joint venture, which is expected to be finalised later this year, and which the newly announced Heads of Terms agreement facilitates, Global Xpress (GX) Aviation and SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) services will be provided.

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