Inmarsat’s connectivity revolution is now 1,000 planes strong

Important milestone for GX Aviation, Jet ConneX and the European Aviation Network

Inmarsat is celebrating the 1000th installation of its next-generation inflight broadband solutions. With neat synchronicity, the news comes in the year that the world-leading mobile satellite communications company also marks its 40th birthday.

The landmark figure, driven by customers in the global airline and business aviation markets, was widely acknowledged at 2019’s Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) – one of the most important dates in the aviation calendar, in Hamburg.

The 1000th installation is another timely reminder of Inmarsat’s growing market dominance and the company’s three award-winning connectivity services, GX Aviation, Jet ConneX and European Aviation Network.

Inmarsat Aviation President, Philip Balaam, welcomed the news and hailed the 1000th installation as proof that the company is at the forefront of aviation’s on-going connectivity revolution.

He said: “GX Aviation, Jet ConneX and EAN are pioneering an exciting new chapter in global inflight connectivity and we are extremely proud that the market has responded so enthusiastically. We look forward to crossing many more milestones in the future, with a large number of installations currently underway and a healthy new business pipeline of around 3,000 aircraft. To meet future demand, we have a fully-funded development roadmap that includes new satellite launches in 2019, 2020 and 2021.”

GX Aviation and Jet ConneX are the world’s first and only global, high-speed inflight connectivity services delivered through a wholly-owned and operated network of high-throughput satellites, allowing airline and business aviation passengers to seamlessly browse the internet, stream videos, check social media and more during flights.

Philippine Airlines now on board with GX

GX Aviation is currently available with leading airlines such as Lufthansa, Air New Zealand, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Norwegian, Avianca and Citilink. Inmarsat partner SITAONAIR (now SITA FOR THE AIRCRAFT) also recently announced that it has now activated GX Aviation on the majority of Philippine Airlines (PAL)’s new-generation aircraft.

Additionally, Jet ConneX has been the most successful launch of an inflight Wi-Fi solution in business aviation history. It’s currently flying on more than 450 aircraft globally, and has been chosen by all four of the major OEMs – Gulfstream, Bombardier, Dassault and Embraer – as their preferred line-fit option. Jet ConneX offers unprecedented new capabilities and reinforces Inmarsat’s status as the number one connectivity provider to business aviation customers.

EAN, developed in partnership with Deutsche Telekom, is a new purpose-built inflight broadband solution that is uniquely suited to the challenges of European airspace. It’s of the world’s most congested flight regions, with more than one billion passengers per year. The innovative network was founded upon a European Union initiative and has been developed by an alliance of Europe’s leading technology companies to deliver the fastest Wi-Fi speeds for passengers, quick installation times for airlines and scalability to meet future demand.

Indeed, Balaam has been quick to acknowledge the collaborative nature of many of these next-generation IFC solutions.

He said: “Our success to date would not have been possible without the support of our industry-leading partnership network, which includes the likes of Collins Aerospace, Deutsche Telekom, Honeywell, SATCOM Direct, SITAONAIR, Thales and most recently Panasonic Avionics.”

And as inflight broadband demand continues to accelerate, the 2,000th installation may be here sooner than you think.