Air Astana completes IFC installs across Boeing 767 fleet

A passenger using Rockwell Collins' PAVES Wireless system.
A passenger using Rockwell Collins inflight connectivity as fitted to Air Astana.

Air Astana says it has completed the installation of an in-flight broadband communication system on its second Boeing 767 aircraft.

The new service is available to both Business and Economy class passengers, who can now connect to the Internet, use various applications for instant messaging, social networks, listen to audio and check mail through personal computers, tablets and smartphones.

The Boeing 767 is operated on domestic trunk routes and high-density, long-haul routes out of Almaty and Astana.

“Get Connected” reported in September 2017 that passengers flying on the airline’s first Boeing 767 were able to access high-speed broadband connectivity using the Inmarsat GX Aviation inflight connectivity service.

The Kazakh air carrier has installed the Rockwell Collins cabin system, enabling Air Astana passengers access via personal computers, tablets and smartphones.

As well as Rockwell Collins’ cabin system the two aircraft are equipped with Honeywell fuselage-mount Ka-band antennas for Inmarsat GX.

Depending on their individual needs, Air Astana passengers are able to choose from three connectivity packages: The Light option covers up to 15 Mb, the Business option up to 50 Mb, and the Super option can cover 100 Mb.

All services are estimated to operate at an average speed of two to five 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.”

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