Posted on: 07 October 2012 by Mark Howells
Inmarsat has signed a master distribution agreement (MDA) with Honeywell to introduce GX Aviation services to the business aviation market.
The Inmarsat Global Xpress satellite system is scheduled for global commercial service launch in late 2014, with service introduction for business aviation customers available in Q1 2015. The Ka-band satellite network will offer data rates of up to 50mbps to the cabin and global coverage.
The signing of this agreement with Honeywell represents an endorsement of Inmarsat’s GX service for the business aviation sector. Honeywell has committed to purchase GX capacity for 5 years and reserve capacity up to 2021.
“Our on-going partnership with Honeywell will enable us to develop a world-leading capability in business aviation,” commented Managing Director of the Inmarsat Global Xpress Programme, Leo Mondale. “By combining their industry-leading experience with GX we ensure that business aviation customers will rapidly benefit from the introduction of our new generation connectivity services.”
“Honeywell’s extensive product and services offerings in the Business Aviation space, coupled with the unprecedented aircraft connectivity capabilities of Inmarsat’s GX network set the stage for a step change in Business Aviation connectivity services,” stated Carl Esposito, Vice President – Marketing, Strategy and Product Management for Honeywell Aerospace.