Yahsat and Etihad Airways test in-flight satellite connectivity

UAE-based satellite operator, Yahsat is to test high speed in-flight satellite connectivity using an Etihad Airways’ Airbus A320.

The collaboration will allow both UAE companies to collaborate on trialling in-flight high-speed satellite connectivity via Ka-band on a test aircraft.

Jeff Wilkinson, Etihad Airways’ senior vice president technical, said, “With testing and validation of Yahsat’s new connectivity system on-board one of our Airbus A320s, we offer unparalleled possibilities to capitalise on our relationship with Yahsat. We are excited to welcome Yahsat on board, to test the future of high speed inflight satellite connectivity with them.”

Masood Sharif Mahmood, Yahsat chief executive officer said, “The testing of the new satellite connectivity is a key step for Yahsat, as it signifies the beginning of our journey towards expanding into a growing global market segment (In-Flight Connectivity). We are delighted to be working with one of the UAE’s major success stories, Etihad Airways. It is testament to our strategy to collaborate with leading local industry to deliver innovative, secure, reliable and cost effective satellite communications solutions.”

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