Honeywell International has confirmed the first installations of its high-speed JetWave satellite communications hardware in Africa.
ExecuJet South Africa has installed Honeywell’s JetWave hardware on Global Express and Challenger 604 aircraft in Johannesburg, delivering access to the Ka-band satellite communications network provided by Inmarsat through its Jet ConneX service.
Honeywell says this gives passengers and flight operators access to reliable, high-speed “Wi-Fi in the sky” that allows easy use of high-bandwidth services such as video streaming, online conferencing, and gaming applications at speeds users are used to achieving at home or in the office.
Warwick Stone, MRO Business Development Manager, ExecuJet South Africa, said: “ExecuJet South Africa is committed to delivering best-in-class aviation services, and we recognise the importance of reliable in-flight connectivity to heighten the passenger experience and modernise flight operations.
“We look forward to continuing to work with Honeywell to provide our customers with the benefits of reliable, global, high-speed, in-flight Wi-Fi.”
ExecuJet South Africa is also among the first to offer “Fly Away” installations of the JetWave hardware on select aircraft platforms.
By offering turnkey installations in fewer than 15 days, aircraft downtime is reduced to install this next-generation connectivity solution and passengers can benefit from increased productivity and seamless in-flight Wi-Fi in the air.
Rudolph Louw, Aerospace Leader – Africa, Honeywell, said: “As Africa’s aviation industry expands, we are welcoming a growing number of business aviation users, and with them comes a greater need for reliable, high-speed in-flight connectivity.
“As an industry leader in Connected Aircraft technologies, our JetWave hardware is designed to significantly upgrade the connectivity onboard these jets, enhancing the experience of passengers, pilots, flight crews and aircraft operators. These installations in South Africa illustrate the truly global nature and reach of our connectivity solution and satellite network.”
Honeywell’s JetWave Satellite Communications terminals provide a seamless, in-ﬂight Ka-band global broadband service that is available worldwide via Inmarsat Jet ConneX.