Posted on: 09 November 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Rockwell Collins has announced that Jazeera Airways will be its first airline customer to offer wireless broadband connectivity alongside the company’s new PAVES inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system.
Jazeera will install PAVES Cabin Wireless and Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) high speed connectivity on its fleet of seven Airbus A320s, with the new service being introduced in December 2016.
“Jazeera Airways is leading the way by implementing the fastest and most reliable airline IFEC solution available,” claimed Claude Alber, vice-president and managing director, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa for Rockwell Collins. “For passengers, this means a wealth of new possibilities for entertainment, information and services while travelling anywhere in the world. For Jazeera, this means the ability to provide unique services that will keep customers satisfied and loyal.”
“Global Xpress, delivered over Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) constellation, is set to transform the passenger experience,” added Leo Mondale, president of Inmarsat Aviation. “For the first time, airlines can offer inflight connectivity that is fast, reliable and consistent, with coverage across the world. As a result, passengers will have access to the same high quality of broadband that has previously only been available on the ground.”
Rockwell Collins says the PAVES Cabin Wireless media distribution system has: the ability to stream video content to more than 500 passengers simultaneously; a flexible, open-software architecture to support a wide array of apps and services including entertainment, news, paid services and shopping; and an intelligent, high-performance onboard network with consistent delivery to every passenger.
Photo shows Claude Alber (right), VP and managing director EMEA, Rockwell Collins with Abdulla Al-Hudaid, chief operating officer, Jazeera Airways.