EBACE: BBJs can now access Jet ConneX via TIOS radome

The Ka-band TIOS radome for the BBJ.
The Ka-band TIOS radome for the BBJ.

Inmarsat says that its next-generation Jet ConneX Ka-band inflight Wi-Fi service is now available to Boeing Business Jet customers worldwide using the advanced Lufthansa Technik Two-In-One Solution (TIOS) radome.

The TIOS radome, which connects to Jet ConneX using Honeywell’s JetWave hardware was recently type approved for Boeing Business Jet 3 (based on the Boeing 737-900ER aircraft).

In addition, it has already been approved for Boeing Business Jets 1 and 2, which are based on Boeing’s 737-700 and 737-800 aircraft respectively.

The TIOS has been specifically developed by Lufthansa Technik to accommodate two antennas in one radome, using a space-saving tail-mounted assembly that reduces drag and noise.

The tiny Honeywell JetWave tail-mounted antenna features a parabolic reflector and weighs in at around 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms).

Operators also benefit from reduced installation and operational costs.

Kurt Weidemeyer, Inmarsat’s Vice President of Business and General Aviation, said: “Boeing VVIP and corporate customers are globe trotters that need a consistent, reliable and global high-speed Wi-Fi solution now.

“Lufthansa Technik’s TIOS installation is faster and customers are eligible for the same data plans as fuselage-mounted antenna installations.

“It’s a win-win, allowing Inmarsat to offer our next-generation Jet ConneX service to an even wider market.”

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