Bombardier’s WAVE (Wireless Access Virtually Everywhere) ultra-high-speed Ka-band inflight Wi-Fi solution has been awarded a supplemental type certificate (STC) from Transport Canada (TC).
The new system, which allows business aviation passengers to browse the Internet, stream online media and stage a videoconference is now available as an option for new Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft.
It will also be offered as an upgrade option on Global aircraft currently in service.
Bombardier says the certification was achieved following extensive flight hours and rigorous tests aboard its Global aircraft. These showed that Bombardier WAVE, using Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWave hardware, would stay connected to Inmarsat’s next-generation Jet ConneX satellite solution at various altitudes, angles and speeds, through several different types of weather, and over land and water.
Once the aircraft is equipped with this system, customers will be able to use the Bombardier WAVE service to enjoy a modern office environment anywhere within the coverage network.
The service will allow Global aircraft customers to make the most efficient use of their time onboard.
Paul Sislian, Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Business Aircraft, said: “This is an important milestone, as Bombardier is the first business aircraft manufacturer to make ultra-high-speed inflight Wi-Fi services available globally and the first to offer performance commitments for network availability and speed.
“The high-quality performance of the system is the result of countless hours of dedicated teamwork between all three companies.”
Kristin Slyker, Vice President, Business and General Aviation, Honeywell Aerospace, added: “The certification of Honeywell’s JetWave hardware will enable Bombardier business jet operators to access truly global high-speed inflight Wi-Fi that they need to stay productive and entertained.
“This is a game-changing moment for business aviation as passengers will now be able to consistently stay connected to fast and consistent Wi-Fi even when they are flying over water on long-haul flights.”
Kurt Weidemeyer, Inmarsat Vice President Business Aviation, added: “Jet ConneX is a vital component in this solution, powered by our new constellation of Ka-band satellites, and we offer Committed Information Rates for the duration of each flight to ensure customers get what they are paying for, wherever they are in the world.”