ViaSat-2 satellite now scheduled to launch on June 1, 2017 Shenzhen Airlines begins evaluation of SwiftBroadband-Safety FAA and Aireon announce next-gen ADS-B test success Thuraya launches ‘Aero’ L-band inflight connectivity solution Qatar Airways activates real-time Inmarsat global flight tracking
IT travel ban could have massive impact on IFEC industry

IT travel ban could have massive impact on IFEC industry

News yesterday that the USA and UK have implemented an IT travel ban on some passengers carrying laptops and tablets into an aircraft cabin could have far-reaching effects on the in-flight entertainment… Read more »

Tested: Inmarsat GX inflight connectivity on Lufthansa in Europe

Tested: Inmarsat GX inflight connectivity on Lufthansa in Europe

“Get Connected” has tested Inmarsat’s Ka-band GX inflight connectivity solution over Germany aboard a Lufthansa Airbus A319 aircraft, with the system delivering up to 14.2Mbps to the passenger. The test… Read more »

Connected aircraft market to be worth $6bn globally by 2020

Connected aircraft market to be worth $6bn globally by 2020

Market Research Engine has published a new report entitled the “Global Connected Aircraft Market, Trends and Forecast, 2015–2020”. It says the global connected aircraft market is expected to exceed $6bn by… Read more »

Graphic shows which airlines offer inflight connectivity

Graphic shows which airlines offer inflight connectivity

A graphic from letsflycheaper.com shows which airlines worldwide currently offer inflight connectivity. The accompanying feature says: “Does my flight have WiFi?, is not a question we still expect to ask… Read more »

EAD Aerospace adds A330 to SUMS family of satcom STCs

EAD Aerospace adds A330 to SUMS family of satcom STCs

EAD Aerospace, an Eclipse company, has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its Satcom Universal Mounting System (SUMS) on an Airbus A330 aircraft. This follows on from Eclipse receiving… Read more »

Bombardier receives EASA certification for GX Ka-band internet

Bombardier receives EASA certification for GX Ka-band internet

Bombardier Business Aircraft announced today that its Ka-band high-speed internet system has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for retrofit on all Bombardier Global aircraft models. The… Read more »

Airborne Wireless Network signs MoU with ViaLight

Airborne Wireless Network signs MoU with ViaLight

Airborne Wireless Network has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with German Aerospace Center (DLR) spin-off, ViaLight. Both companies will explore integrating a laser-based communications system with the company’s… Read more »

Satcom Direct and Astronics AeroSat sign distribution deal

Satcom Direct and Astronics AeroSat sign distribution deal

Satcom Direct (SD) has announced an agreement with Astronics AeroSat to sell the FliteStream T-Series tail mount connectivity system through SD’s global dealer network. The FlightStream T-Series solution employs the… Read more »

Gogo Business Aviation receives STC for 4G connectivity

Gogo Business Aviation receives STC for 4G connectivity

Gogo Business Aviation has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) approval from the FAA for its Gogo Biz 4G system. Gogo’s Bombardier Challenger aircraft was used for certification testing and Gogo… Read more »

Inmarsat bullish after landing IAG for EAN solution

Inmarsat bullish after landing IAG for EAN solution

Inmarsat’s share price rose nearly 4% on Wednesday on news that International Airlines Group (IAG) is to be the the launch customer for its European Aviation Network (EAN) high-speed in-flight… Read more »

IMG secures new inflight TV Bundesliga football contract

IMG secures new inflight TV Bundesliga football contract

IMG has secured a renewal of its in-flight and in-ship media rights deal with DFL Sports Enterprises to distribute Bundesliga live coverage and non-live programming of the top German football… Read more »

Gogo passes 3,000 commercial aircraft with in-flight connectivity

Gogo passes 3,000 commercial aircraft with in-flight connectivity

Gogo says it has reached a major milestone by installing its 3,000th commercial aircraft with in-flight connectivity. Today, the company has 3,000 commercial aircraft and more than 4,200 business aircraft,… Read more »

Hughes unveils new JUPITER aero system for IFC

Hughes unveils new JUPITER aero system for IFC

Hughes Network Systems has unveiled its JUPITER Aero System, saying it offers the industry’s fastest in-flight Internet connectivity speeds. Hughes says the new inflight connectivity solution is capable of supporting… Read more »

IAG to be launch customer of Inmarsat EAN inflight connectivity

IAG to be launch customer of Inmarsat EAN inflight connectivity

Inmarsat has announced International Airlines Group (IAG) as the launch customer for its European Aviation Network (EAN) high-speed in-flight broadband service. Inmarsat’s EAN will jointly operate with its partner Deutsche… Read more »

Thales, SES and Hughes announce agreements for FlytLIVE

Thales, SES and Hughes announce agreements for FlytLIVE

Thales, SES. and Hughes Network Systems have announced a set of strategic agreements to enhance the delivery of FlytLIVE, Thales’ inflight connectivity solution. Under the agreements, SES will contract capacity… Read more »

Study shows satellite communication saves airlines US$3bn

Study shows satellite communication saves airlines US$3bn

Satellite communication in the cockpit has saved airlines more than US$3 billion thanks to safety and efficiency benefits, according to a study released today by Helios and Inmarsat. Satcoms is… Read more »

Iridium Safety Voice communications installs exceed 500 aircraft

Iridium Safety Voice communications installs exceed 500 aircraft

The Iridium Safety Voice service, which is used for air traffic communications, has now been adopted by more than 500 aircraft. The Iridium Safety Voice service provides aircraft operators with… Read more »

RUAG develops 4G inflight connectivity for the helicopter cabin

RUAG develops 4G inflight connectivity for the helicopter cabin

RUAG Aviation is developing a new 4G LTE inflight connectivity solution for helicopters, giving passengers the same connectivity they have on the ground. RUAG Aviation is aiming for European Aviation… Read more »

Saudi Arabia’s TAQNIA Space and KACST to build Arabsat 6-D

Saudi Arabia’s TAQNIA Space and KACST to build Arabsat 6-D

Saudi Arabia’s Taqnia Space and Arab Satellite Communications Organization – Arabsat – are to build ARABSAT 6D, a new satellite that will be used for inflight connectivity ARABSAT 6D will… Read more »

Aireon and Thales validating space-based ADS-B data

Aireon and Thales validating space-based ADS-B data

Aireon and Thales have officially begun the testing and validation of the Aireon space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data. The the start of data validation marks a major… Read more »

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