Azerbaijan Airlines to introduce GX Aviation for nose-to-tail Wi-Fi on new fleet
A fully connected aircraft will create a revolutionary inflight experience for passengers and crew
Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) has announced that its new Boeing 737 MAX fleet will be equipped with Rockwell Collins’ CabinConnect™ wireless inflight connectivity and entertainment solution, powered by Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) satellite network.
The airline, based in Baku, has 10 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on order, with deliveries scheduled to commence by the end of 2017. All of them will be linefit with global high-speed inflight broadband, a full suite of advanced avionics and overhead inflight entertainment (IFE).
The new planes complement Baku’s stylish new Heydar Aliyev International Airport, designed by cutting-edge Turkish architects Autoban. The carrier flies to 40 destinations in 25 countries across Asia, the CIS, Europe, and the United States and, in 2016, Azerbaijan Airlines carried more than two million passengers.
And it looks like they’re listening hard to the people they’re flying.
A recent passenger survey conducted by Inmarsat found that Wi-Fi is now seen as an ‘essential’ rather than a luxury, so the timing of the installation of cockpit-to-cabin Wi-Fi for Azerbaijan Airlines couldn’t be better.
“The new connectivity service will enable AZAL passengers to surf the internet, use various instant messenger applications, social networks, listen to audio and check emails via personal computers, tablets and smartphones,” said Mike DiGeorge, Vice President, Commercial Aviation and Network Services for Rockwell Collins.
The planes will also benefit from Rockwell Collins’ MultiScan ThreatTrack weather radar, which will make it easier for pilots to keep abreast of changes to weather patterns while flying. Additionally, MultiScan provides advanced levels of turbulence detection to help pilots avoid severe weather conditions.
“The high-speed connectivity will open up possibilities for pilots to access information such as synoptic weather through a secure server router to supplement their flight operations,” adds DiGeorge.
The result? Safer, more efficient flying – together with totally connected passengers – thanks to the benefits that connectivity brings.