OnAir may provide connectivity services to commercial airlines, but it is also a premier connectivity provider aboard many VIP and VVIP aircraft in the MENA region.
Stephan Egli, OnAir’s Chief Commercial Officer, said:”We are flying on many head of state aircraft, including Airbus ACJs, A330s and A340s, Boeing 767s and BBJs.
“But not many people know about it due to our very sensitive non-disclosure agreements. Comlux also has us flying on two Airbus A320s and a Boeing 767.”
Egli said having its services on many commercial airlines works to OnAir’s advantage.
“Passengers flying first class on Emirates use our Wi-Fi and GSM telephone services. They like what they see and then want it for their own aircraft,” said Egli, referring to its Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir solutions delivered over Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband satellite links.
OnAir is able to supply the same services to VIP aircraft, including its OnAir Play product, which can stream DVDs, books, audio and other digital content wirelessly to passenger’s portable devices, such as laptops and tablets.
“We can also provide a secure pipe to the cockpit for e-enabled aircraft services, such as EFB updates,” Egli said.
The company is also gearing up for the full global launch of Inmarsat’s GX Aviation service in mid 2015, which will offer up to 50 Mbps to the aircraft from three Ka-band geostationary satellites.
“We have had a lot of enquiries about GX and think the service is going to be very popular for users wanting a global connectivity service offering higher bandwidth,” Egli concluded.