Scandinavian Airlines to offer GX Aviation inflight broadband

European airline to offer passengers award-winning connectivity on Airbus A350s

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) will take an important step forward with its extensive fleet renewal programme in January 2020, when its first Airbus A350 will officially enter service. Passengers will be treated to a range of new features on the aircraft, including fast, reliable and consistent inflight broadband powered by Inmarsat’s GX Aviation.

SAS ordered eight Airbus A350 aircraft back in June 2013, with Group President & CEO Rickard Gustafson stating at the time: “The great technological improvements of this extensive fleet renewal plan give SAS a long haul fleet that will be top of class in the industry. It will truly increase our competitiveness and strengthen our customer offering – both with regard to comfort, service and efficiency.”

The airline’s first A350 will be delivered from the Airbus factory in Toulouse at the end of this year with GX Aviation pre-installed. The aircraft has been named ‘Ingegerd Viking’ and will officially enter service on 28th January 2020, serving long-haul routes to destinations such as Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Beijing, Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Passengers using GX in flight

GX Aviation will be a key part of the world-class experience in the new aircraft’s economy, premium economy and business class cabins, allowing passengers to seamlessly browse the internet, stream video and audio, check social media, instant message and more, with speeds on par with mobile broadband on the ground.

“[The A350s] will strengthen our customer offering,” explained Karl Sandlund, SAS Executive Vice President Commercial. “We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board this state-of the-art aircraft, which is incredibly well suited to Scandinavian travel patterns and tailored to meet market demands.”

SAS is the latest in a growing list of European airlines to offer passengers access to GX Aviation, the world’s first and only global, high-speed inflight connectivity service delivered through a wholly-owned and operated network of high-throughput satellites. Others customers include Norwegian, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Eurowings.

“GX Aviation is already the gold standard for inflight broadband,” commented Philip Balaam, President of Inmarsat Aviation. “Its unique proposition of fast, seamless global coverage was a key factor in its selection for SAS’s Airbus A350 aircraft, which will cover high demand long-haul routes from Scandinavia to the United States and Asia. We look forward to working with the airline on the service’s rollout to passengers from early next year.”

GX Aviation’s airline customers will benefit from major upcoming enhancements to the service, with additional capacity being introduced by three new satellites launching in 2019, 2020 and 2021. In addition, Inmarsat recently signed an agreement with Airbus Defence & Space to develop a pioneering new generation of GX satellites, which will mark a transformative step-change in inflight broadband capabilities. The ground-breaking satellites, named GX7, 8 & 9, are optimised for real-time mobility and feature thousands of dynamically-formed beams that direct capacity with laser-like precision over high-demand areas.