Honeywell has been selected by Embraer to upgrade its Lineage 1000E executive jets with the company’s JetWave satellite communications hardware.
This will provide global, high-speed Wi-Fi via Inmarsat’s Ka-band Jet ConneX satellite-based inflight connectivity service.
Honeywell says passengers will experience a consistent high-speed wireless connectivity experience around the world at speeds similar to those enjoyed in their home.
Jet ConneX is delivered via Inmarsat’s I-5 satellites, offering multi-megabit speeds, depending on the package selected. There are currently three I-5 satellites in service and a fourth was launched last week.
The JetWave hardware consists of a tail-mount Ka-band antenna for smaller aircraft and a fuselage-mounted antenna for larger ones.
Honeywell’s JetWave system will receive initial aircraft installation certification on Embraer’s Lineage 1000E platform at the beginning of 2018.
The JetWave hardware is available as both a forward-fit and retrofit option.
Luciano Castro, Vice President Programs, Embraer Executive Jets, said: “Since entering the market, Embraer Executive Jets has been committed to rethinking convention in business aviation by introducing innovative technologies, higher performance standards, and premium comfort for a superior flight experience.
“This is just one more way that the Lineage 1000E delivers on its promise of enhancing every customer’s experience.”
Michael Edmonds, President, Services and Connectivity, Honeywell Aerospace, added: “As passengers continue to demand consistent Wi-Fi performance in the cabin, operators and flight crews recognize the benefits of staying connected with those on the ground.
“With a connected cabin and cockpit, pilots and operators can improve their workload productivity and aircraft safety, while reducing costs. For passengers and the crew, this means a smoother flight experience with fewer flight delays because the ground crews can maintain constant communication with pilots to stay connected to crew on the ground.”
Kurt Weidemeyer, Vice President, Business Aviation, Inmarsat, said: “Our Jet ConneX service can support multiple passengers streaming video, simultaneously, anywhere the Lineage flies.
“It means everyone can watch what they like, when they like, where they like.”