Posted on: 17 June 2015 by Mark Howells
Honeywell Aerospace (Honeywell) and Inmarsat have successfully completed the first phase of flight tests for GX Aviation, which will use Honeywell’s JetWave hardware to enable aircraft to connect to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellite constellation to provide global Ka-band in-flight Wi-Fi services.
The tests were conducted in the UK to validate GX Aviation’s ability to deliver high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi over land and water and included streaming YouTube videos and live radio, online conference calls and downloading files. The result demonstrated a successful connection between the JetWave hardware and Inmarsat’s first Global Xpress satellite, I-5 F1, which powers GX Aviation services for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. This follows the ground-based high-speed and performance tests completed in March 2015.
“We are on the cusp of a new era of connectivity in the skies, and the successful testing of our JetWave hardware with Inmarsat’s GX Aviation network is a critical step in getting this service ready for public use,” commented Jack Jacobs, VP safety and connectivity, Honeywell Aerospace. “Airlines, passengers and pilots continue to demand better, more consistent and faster in-flight Wi-Fi to make their jobs easier and travel experience better. The successful results of the recent tests signify that Honeywell and Inmarsat will soon satisfy these demands.”
“These flight tests are an exciting step toward the launch of GX Aviation and bringing a true broadband experience to the market. With GX Aviation, airlines and their passengers can finally experience a connectivity service equivalent to what they are used to on the ground,” said president of Inmarsat Aviation, Leo Mondale. “Just having Wi-Fi on board is no longer a differentiator – in the future it will be about the quality of the service. With GX Aviation and Honeywell’s JetWave equipment, Inmarsat will provide a seamless, consistent passenger experience, across all airline routes.
“Everyone is talking about the ‘connected aircraft’ or ‘e-enabled aircraft’ – until now this has just been a vision because no one has had access to a true fast internet service. GX Aviation changes all that. We will set the standards for broadband in the sky.
“This is the coming together of the first part of the eco-system. Next step is announcing our line-fit arrangements. And we will be standing behind our value added reseller partners to support them to meet the needs of their airline customers, ensuring airlines have a choice of service providers to meet their individual needs for in the cabin,” Mondale concluded.