Honeywell updates on Inmarsat GX JetWave deployment

Honeywell MCS-8200 Ka-band antenna for Inmarsat's GX Aviation service.
Honeywell’s fuselage-mounted Ka-band MCS-8200 antenna for Inmarsat’s GX Aviation service.

Honeywell Aerospace has confirmed details of its current JetWave equipment roll-out for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) Ka-band inflight connectivity service.

It comprises:

  • Lufthansa announced that JetWave and GX Aviation has been selected for its short and medium-haul flights – the first Lufthansa aircraft will be fitted with the new technology in early summer 2016.
  • Singapore Airlines selected JetWave and GX Aviation for installation on its B777-300ER aircraft and A380-800s.
  • JetWave hardware has been delivered to support the first A350 GX Aviation installation.
  • Airbus is also far along in the engineering and certification work to make JetWave and GX Aviation an option for new aircraft in production across its entire catalog, and numerous certification processes are engaged to ensure GX and JetWave hardware availability for retrofit applications.
  • Honeywell continues to work with Boeing on its technical services agreement to confirm offerability for Boeing platforms including the 787, 777, and 737NG.
  • Qatar Airways has committed to equipping their fleet with GX Aviation through the Thales A350 in-flight entertainment/connectivity programme.
  • Air China will test GX Aviation on its A330 aircraft.
  • Vietnam Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines and Air Caraibes have selected JetWave and GX Aviation for their A350 fleet through Inmarsat and Honeywell partner, Thales.
  • Haitec Aircraft Maintenance signed an agreement to jointly develop an A319 STC for the corporate jet market.

As reported on “Get Connected” earlier this week, Inmarsat says that the full commercial service introduction of GX is now “imminent”. We can expect to hear more within the month.

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