Posted on: 21 January 2016 by Ross McSweeny
Honeywell Aerospace has been granted permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to install its JetWave wireless in-flight connectivity system on Boeing 757 aircraft.
JetWave is the exclusive hardware solution for aircraft looking to connect to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) high-speed broadband satellite network. The certification was achieved after more than 180 flight hours and rigorous testing aboard Honeywell’s Boeing 757 test aircraft which showed the system would stay connected to Inmarsat’s GX network at various altitudes, angles and speeds through several different types of weather and over land and water.
“The ability to connect with others is not a luxury anymore; it’s an expectation of both passengers and pilots alike,” remarked Jack Jacobs, Honeywell Aerospace’s VP safety and connectivity. “This first commercial certification for Honeywell’s JetWave hardware is a leap forward in making the system available commercially and accelerating access to reliable and fast connectivity for airlines and passengers traveling across the world.”
“Airlines have previously struggled to meet the expectations of modern-day passengers for reliable, efficient, high-speed connectivity on board flights due to the lack of available technology,” continued Leo Mondale, president of Inmarsat Aviation. “However, the entry into service of GX Aviation this year will mark an important turning point, allowing passengers in the air to browse the internet, download files and watch videos online just as they would on the ground. The certification of Honeywell’s JetWave hardware is a key milestone in the programme and we congratulate our partner on this achievement.”