Is it ‘Netflix-y’ good? Inmarsat partner Honeywell takes inflight broadband on tour
Selected media join a test flight to try and ‘break’ the inflight Wi-Fi. Here’s what happened
Honeywell, Inmarsat’s hardware partner, provides the right kit to bring airlines online with GX Aviation, putting ground-breaking broadband at the fingertips of passengers and pilots alike. This year, Honeywell is taking its kit on tour.
Using a modified Boeing 757 test plane to showcase its ‘connected capabilities’, Honeywell is flying to a dozen countries around the world with its Jetwave high-speed broadband hardware, powered by Inmarsat’s GX Aviation. During this world tour the firm is inviting the media to come and put the Wi-Fi in the sky through its paces. Now the tour has kicked off, let’s take a look at how it’s gone down so far.
The tour started in May 2017 and began its 26-city odyssey
To name a few...
And, in Paris, Honeywell launched the Paris Air Show with its unique Boeing 757
During these flights, members of the media have been testing, playing and streaming content using high-speed, global broadband powered by Inmarsat’s GX Aviation
CNN live streamed mid-flight
The Today Show in America joined in the excitement, broadcasting live from their reporter in the plane, beamed to the presenters in the studio using GX Aviation
WATCH: Faster Wi-Fi could be coming soon on your next flight which would allow you to watch Netflix, video chat and more! pic.twitter.com/hU4CGDtuEE— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 9, 2017
Journalists got online. From watching movies…
Thanks for joining this flight. I'm tweeting this from the air now! #honeywellrocks— Adam Kress (@KressOnBusiness) May 31, 2017
To FaceTiming family…
And posting LOTS of pictures and videos
In fact, the media were pleasantly impressed
And it all led to some very positive words
Flying Mag said that ‘blazing fast internet could upend the airline market’
Honeywell ‘Connected Aircraft’ World Tour Demonstrates the Power of High-Speed Datahttps://t.co/ovWorWuZV1— Flying Magazine (@FlyingMagazine) June 13, 2017
Fast Company said it would make flying more ‘Netflix-y’:
The Atlantic produced an excellent account of ‘everything it will take to get faster Wi-Fi on planes’.
While CNET finally proclaimed the Boeing 757 a ‘plane with Wi-Fi that doesn’t suck’.
Finally, AIN Online gave a good rundown of how connectivity can improve passenger experience.
So far, so good. As we draw yet another step closer to changing the aviation industry forever – with truly global, high-speed broadband in the sky – the feedback is excitingly positive. Honeywell’s World Tour continues and you can follow it by searching #WiFiThatFlies and #HoneywellRocks on social media.
Meanwhile, Inmarsat continues to take the industry forward with game-changing connectivity, from launching a new EAN satellite with Arianespace to bringing Lufthansa Group’s infight connectivity service to life. Look out for more announcements soon.