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Inmarsat and Thales expect that launch customers for GX Aviation will be able to offer Internet speeds of up to 50Mbps to passengers on a global basis in 2015.
It will become the first commercial airline to install SwiftBroadband for flight deck applications, including Safety Services on its Boeing 767-300s.
Under the terms of the agreement, Rockwell Collins will bring Inmarsat's latest generation of services to airline customers
Inmarsat confirms its order for a new S-band satellite, to be called Europasat; the network will deliver high speed broadband services to commercial and business aviation passengers
GX Aviation is the first, truly global, high-speed, in-flight connectivity service that will provide data rates to the aircraft of up to 50Mbps.
BGAN is the world’s first globally available mobile satellite communications service to provide both voice and broadband data simultaneously through small, lightweight satellite terminals.
The satellite is scheduled to be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard an International Launch Services (ILS) Proton Breeze M at 12.12 GMT on Sunday, 8th December.
Thales and Inmarsat today signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to add Thales as a partner in marketing Inmarsat’s connectivity solutions to the commercial aviation market.
The first flight for a Chinese airline equipped with passenger Wi-Fi connectivity internet access took place on 3rd July, on an Air China Airbus A330 flying from Beijing to Chengdu.