Air New Zealand to install Inmarsat’s “world-class” GX Aviation service on long and short-haul flights

Air New Zealand, the country’s national airline, has partnered with Inmarsat to install GX Aviation connectivity across its long and short-haul fleets.

GX Aviation (GX) will give Air New Zealand passengers – more than 15 million a year – a reliable, seamless broadband inflight Wi-Fi experience worldwide. The addition of GX will further enhance the award-winning airline’s commitment to using innovation to improve its long-haul transoceanic experience.

Partnering with Panasonic

The move has also created the opportunity for Inmarsat to work alongside Panasonic. The Japanese electronics corporation provides Air New Zealand’s Inflight Entertainment (IFE) Systems, which will now be integrated with GX Aviation.

With the airline operating across the South West Pacific, Asia, North America, South America and the United Kingdom, the Global Xpress network’s worldwide coverage and high-speed broadband offering was an attractive proposition for Air New Zealand’s Chief Digital Officer, Avi Golan.

"We wanted a world-class solution that would meet the high expectations of our customers, offering both a consistent and reliable service," said Golan.

"We‘ve been monitoring the developments in inflight connectivity for some time and with GX, we believe we will be able to offer broadband on board in innovative ways that will further set Air New Zealand apart as one of the world’s leading airlines."

A fresh approach

Inmarsat’s Aviation president, Leo Mondale, also spoke highly of the new partnership. He said: “We’re very excited about working with Air New Zealand. They’re an innovative organisation and have taken a fresh approach to finding the right connectivity partner.”

With the first GX-equipped aircraft expected to begin testing in the second half of 2017, Air New Zealand passengers can look forward to high-speed broadband towards the end of that year, starting with Tasman, Pacific and long-haul flights. Domestic flights will be added to the connected fleet from 2018.

The addition of Air New Zealand to the growing list of airline customers who have already chosen GX Aviation is further proof that the inflight connectivity revolution has truly begun.