Passengers flying on Air Astana are now able to access high-speed broadband inflight connectivity, with the airline’s first Boeing 767 featuring the Inmarsat GX Aviation service.
The Kazakh air carrier has installed the Rockwell Collins cabin system, enabling Air Astana passengers to surf the Internet, use various instant messenger applications, social networks, listen to audio and check e-mails via personal computers, tablets and smartphones.
Broadband speed connectivity will be available to Business and Economy class passengers on all three of Air Astana’s Boeing 767s.
Depending on their individual needs, Air Astana passengers will be able to choose from three connectivity packages: The Light option will cover up to 15 Mb, the Business option will cover up to 50 Mb, and the Super option will cover 100 Mb.
All services are estimated to operate at an average speed of 2 to 5 Mbps.
Andrey Gulev, Manager, Commercial Engineering,Air Astana said: “One of our core missions at Air Astana is to be on the cutting-edge of technology and constantly enhance our passengers’ experience whether it’s on board or on the ground.
“We proved this in 2016, when we became one of the first airlines to commit to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) high-speed in-flight connectivity system with Rockwell Collins.
“We’re delighted the service is now ready to launch and we are looking forward to hearing what our passengers think of being able to continue sending work emails throughout their flight or chatting to their friends on social media.”
David Nieuwsma, Senior Vice President, Information Management Services at Rockwell Collins, added: “Air Astana is leading the way by adding broadband connectivity to its fleet, creating new attractive services for its passengers.
“Passengers on Air Astana’s retrofitted fleet of Boeing 767s will have access to the latest technology in global inflight connectivity that is highly reliable and offers great performance.”
Frederik van Essen, Inmarsat Aviation Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, said: “GX Aviation is the only solution in the market today that has been specifically designed for inflight broadband, offering unprecedented speed, reliability and consistency.
“Air Astana is the first airline in the world to offer GX Aviation on wide-body aircraft, reinforcing their focus on technology innovation and passenger service excellence.
“We are delighted to celebrate this milestone with Air Astana and our partner Rockwell Collins.”
The new service is available to passengers on the first of Air Astana’s Boeing 767s, with system installation on its second aircraft planned be completed in October 2017.