Honeywell supplies Ka-band inflight connectivity for Royal Jet

Honeywell's JetWave MCS-8200 fuselage-mounted antenna for Inmarsat GX
Honeywell’s JetWave MCS-8200 fuselage-mounted antenna for Inmarsat GX/Jet ConneX

Honeywell’s JetWave Ka-band satellite connectivity hardware and GoDirect cabin connectivity services have been chosen by Royal Jet for its new 34-seat, custom-made Boeing Business Jet (BBJ).

The Boeing 737-700 airplane is the first of its kind to be installed with the JetWave hardware, giving access to global, high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi.

The JetWave hardware was fitted on the aircraft by Lufthansa Technik, which recently received a supplementary type certificate (STC) to install the Ka-band hardware on BBJ platforms.

The JetWave installation enables Royal Jet’s BBJ aircraft to connect to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band satellite network, allowing passengers to stream video, download large files and more through the Jet ConneX service.

Raghed Talih, Sales Director for the Middle East, Honeywell Aerospace, said: “Business jet passengers have high expectations, including reliable connectivity service, whenever they fly.

“With Honeywell’s connectivity solutions, Royal Jet’s VVIP passengers can experience fast, consistent in-flight Wi-Fi that improves comfort and productivity throughout their journey.”

Rob DiCastri, President and CEO, Royal Jet, said: “Combined with Honeywell’s GoDirect Cabin Connectivity services, we have the tools we need to expand the cabin experience for our customers, while providing flight crews and maintenance teams with an effective solution to control connectivity needs across the network.”

Royal Jet’s first BBJ aircraft entered service in November, and a second is due to go live in December 2016. It will also be equipped with JetWave hardware.

GoDirect is Honeywell’s new name for its range of support services, including maintenance service plans, avionics, flight support, and connectivity.

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