APEX2014: Bombardier first with Honeywell’s Jet ConneX solution

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Honeywell's lightweight tail-mounted Ka-band antenna for bizjets.
Honeywell’s lightweight tail-mounted Ka-band antenna for bizjets.

Bombardier is to be the launch business aircraft manufacturer for Honeywell Aerospace’s Ka-Band satellite connectivity system for Inmarsat’s forthcoming Jet ConneX (JX) service when it goes live in 2015.

Called JetWave, the Honeywell system will provide business jet passengers with high-speed, in-flight connectivity virtually anywhere in the world.

Bombardier will be the first business aviation manufacturer to equip JetWave and plans to offer the technology across the Global 5000, Global 6000, Global 7000 and Global 8000 platforms.

A retrofit offering will also be available for all Global aircraft currently in service.

The tail-mounted Ka-band antenna features a parabolic dish, but has been made as light as possible so as not to upset a bizjet’s delicate weight balance.

Tipping the scales at just 9lbs it can easily be balanced on one hand, yet should be capable of achieving 33 Mbps downlink speeds.

Brian Sill, president, Business and General Aviation, Honeywell Aerospace, said: “With JetWave securing the backing of a leading business jet manufacturer in Bombardier, we celebrate a major milestone in the evolution of business aircraft connectivity.

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“The industry is showing a clear desire for high speed, global, consistent in-flight connectivity and is turning to Honeywell and Inmarsat to deliver it.”

Eric Martel, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft, added: “Our customers want to be online everywhere they go. They will now experience the same level of connectivity in the air that they have come to expect on the ground without a drop in connectivity performance once they leave their homes or offices.

“The introduction of this technology allows us to further strengthen the industry-leading cabin experience that we are offering to our customers.”

Honeywell’s JetWave hardware will allow passengers to video-conference, send and receive large files and access streaming content while on the move by enabling them to access Inmarsat’s JX service over the I-5 satellites.

A range of service packages will be available to Bombardier customers, enabling them to select the speed that is right for their operations. In an industry first, each service package will be covered by a minimum service guarantee ensuring passengers experience a remarkable step forward in connectivity when compared to currently available technologies.

In 2012, Honeywell signed an agreement with Inmarsat to be the exclusive hardware provider for its Ka-Band GX Aviation connectivity service, branded Jet ConneX for the business aircraft market.

Honeywell is also the master distributor of airtime for the business aviation market, working alongside channel partners Satcom1, Aircell, ARINC Direct, Satcom Direct and OnAir.

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