NBAA 2016 Day Three: Industry embraces next generation connectivity

As we draw to the end of a successful and eye-opening NBAA-BACE 2016, it’s clear the aviation industry is ready for the next generation of in-flight connectivity. Read on for highlights from the event.

Jet ConneX receives strong reception

On day one of NBAA-BACE 2016 Inmarsat announced the Commercial Service Introduction of Jet ConneX – Inmarsat’s next generation in-flight broadband service for business aviation customers. Jet ConneX is designed to transform the private jet experience by offering passengers an onboard connectivity service that is reliable, high-speed and on par with broadband available on the ground. The launch received a fantastic reaction as Aviation International News, Flight Global and Aviation Week all broke the news with the aviation industry.

Kurt Weidemeyer, Inmarsat’s Vice President of Business and General Aviation said, “Jet ConneX has been developed over a number of years as a transformative connectivity service for the business aviation industry. Interest from the market has been overwhelming and we are delighted to have now reached the exciting milestone of commercial service introduction.”

It didn’t take long for Jet ConneX to become a key talking point at the event. By the end of day two both Bombardier and Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation had announced they are incorporating Inmarsat’s JetConneX into a range of their aircraft. Speaking to Aviation International News, Kurt Weidemeyer said, “We could not hold back the floodgates any longer because customers are demanding the service.”

Mark Burns, President of Gulfstream was particularly impressed with Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX system. He said, “Jet ConneX provides high-speed Wi-Fi service that is up to 34 times faster than that some of our operators currently have.”

The industry is excited for the next generation of in-flight connectivity and Inmarsat is ready to deliver it.

Jet ConneX provides high-speed Wi-Fi service that is up to 34 times faster than that some of our operators currently have

A slow but steady take-off for aviation industry

Just before NBAA-BACE 2016 got underway Honeywell released their 5th annual Global Business Aviation Outlook, which showed the business aviation industry continuing to face a slow-near term pace of orders. However, according to the outlook this is mainly due to the transition to new models slated for late 2017 and 2018 service entry. While business may be slow in the short term, the mid term looks healthy. Other key global findings in the 2016 Honeywell outlook include:

  • Operators plan to make new jet purchases equivalent to about 27% of their fleets over the next five years.
  • Of the total purchase plans for new business jets, 21% are intended to occur by the end of 2017.
  • Operators continue to focus on larger-cabin aircraft classes, ranging from super mid-size through ultralong-range and business liner. These are expected to account for more than 85% of all expenditures on new business jets in the next five years.
  • The longer-range forecast through 2026 projects a 3-4% average annual growth rate despite the lower short-term outlook.

You can find Honeywell’s 5th annual Global Business Aviation Outlook in full here.

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