Posted on: 17 November 2015 by Mark Howells
Bombardier is edging closer to becoming the first business aircraft manufacturer to make ultra-high-speed Wi-Fi services available in-flight globally and the first to offer performance commitments for network availability and speed.
During NBAA 2015 in Las Vegas, Bombardier Business Aircraft announced that following multiple successful tests aboard its Global aircraft experimental test bed, testing and validation for the ‘fastest worldwide high-speed in-flight internet connectivity and productivity solution in business aviation’ is nearing completion“Our Global aircraft can link virtually any key city pair worldwide, non-stop, at close to the speed of sound, and the Bombardier WAVE system is intended to match this performance with its exceptional speed, promise of reliability and worldwide reach,” said David Coleal, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “WAVE is a further example of how Bombardier is leading the industry in delivering the ultimate cabin experience to its customers. Passengers will be able to remain truly connected, productive and entertained while in flight.”Bombardier WAVE (Wireless Access Virtually Everywhere) leverages Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWave hardware and Inmarsat’s JetConneX solution to deliver ultra-high-speed access, consistent performance and seamless coverage across the globe, allowing passengers to conduct a videoconference, browse the internet or stream online TV programmes.Bombardier WAVE features a wide range of service packages and comes available on new Global 5000, Global 6000, Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft, as well as a retrofit option for Global Express, Global Express XRS, Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft. Bombardier’s network of wholly-owned service centres will offer the first retrofit packages as of 2016, followed by progressive availability within the broader authorised service facility network.
From left to right: Kurt Weidemeyer, Inmarsat VP of Business Aviation, William Shatner, Jean-Christophe Gallagher, VP strategy and marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft and Jack Jacobs VPGM – Safety and Connectivity, marketing and product management, Honeywell.