VistaJet has become Rockwell Collins’ first business aviation customer to adopt Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX Ka-band inflight connectivity solution.
Rockwell Collins is a value added reseller for the Jet ConneX service as part of its ARINCDirect offering.
Jet ConneX is expected to be available globally in early 2016 and will support both voice and high-speed internet via Inmarsat’s next generation of Ka-band I-5 satellites.
These are globally available, promise to bring more capacity and are highly efficient in their use of bandwidth.
Nick Van Der Meer, Chief Operating Officer, VistaJet, said: “Our customers are increasingly demanding faster and more reliable in-flight internet service as a routine part of their business travel.
“With the ARINCDirect service, VistaJet passengers will be guaranteed the connections they need.”
David Stanley, vice president, ARINCDirect Cabin Services for Rockwell Collins, added: “As aircraft capacity increases and passengers use more devices, Rockwell Collins will enable early adopters like VistaJet to provide a reliable global solution with the highest level of bandwidth to meet their customers’ needs.”
Although they haven’t specified the equipment, it is believed that Rockwell Collins will use Honeywell’s MCS-8200 (fuselage-mount) or MCS-8000 (tail-mount) antennas for the Jet ConneX applications, depending on the aircraft.
Founded in 2004 by Thomas Flohr, VistaJet says it has established itself as the global leader in premium long-range private jet travel by consistently providing excellent service and unrivalled quality to its fast growing clientele, connecting them to every corner of the world with point-to-point coverage.