Virgin Atlantic raises the bar with GX Aviation

The innovative airline will offer world-class inflight connectivity services through Inmarsat’s award-winning solution

Virgin Atlantic has become the latest airline to sign up for GX Aviation, Inmarsat’s next-generation inflight broadband solution.

Between now and 2021, the forward-thinking carrier will take receipt of 12 Airbus A350-1000s and GX Aviation, the world’s first inflight broadband solution with seamless, reliable global coverage provided through a single operator, will be pre-installed on delivery.

GX Aviation will help to transform Virgin Atlantic’s passenger experience by providing high-speed onboard connectivity on par with mobile broadband on the ground.

Customers will experience this for the first time in summer 2019 when the service goes live on flights between London Heathrow and New York JFK, allowing them to browse the internet, stream videos, check social media and more during their flight.

A landmark partnership

Virgin Atlantic’s Head of Inflight Services, Gail Yates, hailed the landmark deal, stating: “We are excited to unveil details of the unparalleled onboard experience that awaits customers on our new Airbus A350-1000s. Offering modern, world-class inflight connectivity is a fundamental part of this experience. We are confident that Inmarsat’s GX Aviation will truly raise the bar and offer second-to-none broadband for our customers.”

Offering modern, world-class inflight connectivity is a fundamental part of this experience

President of Inmarsat Aviation, Philip Balaam, saw the agreement as another success for Inmarsat’s award-winning solutions.

“Virgin Atlantic is firmly established as one of the aviation industry’s greatest innovators and were the first airline in Europe to offer Wi-Fi on all flights,” he said.

“Their brand new Airbus A350s will enhance the passenger experience even further and we are delighted that GX Aviation has been selected as the inflight broadband solution for the aircraft.”

The news caps a momentous few weeks for Inmarsat, the world-leader in global mobile satellite communications. In the year that marks its 40th birthday, it recently celebrated the 1,000th installation of its next-generation inflight broadband solutions (alongside GX Aviation, its innovative services include the European Aviation Network and Jet ConneX, business aviation’s premier inflight Wi-Fi solution) at Hamburg’s Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX).

Also at the event, Inmarsat partner SITA FOR THE AIRCRAFT (formerly SITAONAIR) announced that it has now activated GX Aviation on the majority of Philippine Airlines (PAL)’s new-generation aircraft.

Indeed, more than 1,600 aircraft are currently expected under signed contracts for Inmarsat’s advanced inflight broadband solutions, with a new business pipeline of approximately 3,000 aircraft worldwide.

To meet growing demand, Inmarsat has a fully-funded development roadmap, including three further Ka-band payloads. A fifth GX satellite will be launched later this year and two sixth-generation satellites are scheduled to launch in 2020 and 2021. Planning is also underway for the next generation of GX satellites, ensuring that future generations of flyers will continue to enjoy seamless IFC.