Posted on: 16 September 2014 by Mark Howells
Canadian airframer Bombardier is to be the launch customer for Honeywell’s Ka-Band-based GX hardware and Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX (JX) satellite connectivity system.
Honeywell’s JetWave hardware exclusively supports Inmarsat’s forthcoming JX service which, when it goes live in 2015, is slated to provide business jet passengers with high-speed, in-flight connectivity virtually anywhere in the world.Bombardier will be the first business aviation manufacturer to equip JetWave and plans to offer the technology across the Global 5000, 6000, 7000 and 8000 platforms. A retrofit offering will also be available for all Global aircraft in service.Honeywell’s JetWave hardware will allow passengers to video-conference, send and receive large files and access streaming content while on the move by enabling them to access the JX service. A range of service packages will be available to Bombardier customers, enabling them to select the speed that is right for their operations. In an industry first, each service package will be covered by a minimum service guarantee ensuring passengers experience a remarkable step forward in connectivity when compared to currently available technologies.In 2012, Honeywell signed an agreement with Inmarsat to be the exclusive hardware provider for its Ka-Band GX Aviation connectivity service, branded Jet ConneX for the business aircraft market. Honeywell is also the master distributor of airtime for the business aviation market, working alongside channel partners Satcom1, Aircell, Arinc Direct, Satcom Direct and OnAir.