Aircalin has selected Inmarsat’s Ka-band GX Aviation inflight connectivity solution with Internet ONAIR, supplied by SITAONAIR.
The airline, based in the French territory of New Caledonia in the south-west Pacific, is engaged in a strategic development programme – Aircalin 2021 – that will see its fleet renewed with A330-900s and A320neos within the next three years.
Initiated on behalf of the airline’s major shareholder, the New Caledonian government, the programme will enable Aircalin to offer an increasing number of flights, including new destinations, as well as boosting tourism within the island group (Aircalin currently serves Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands).
As part of a strong commitment to provide passengers with the best-possible inflight experience, Aircalin approached aviation technology pioneer SITAONAIR to secure the use of Internet ONAIR.
Powered by Inmarsat’s Ka-band satellite network GX Aviation, Internet ONAIR enables seamless, high-speed connectivity at all times, helping passengers to stay connected with loved ones on the ground, or keep up with the latest news.
“Our passengers are increasingly demanding ‘at home’ internet capability during flights, so that they can carry on with their digital lives without interruption,” said Aircalin’s CEO, Didier Tappero. “And SITAONAIR’s GX Aviation-enabled Internet ONAIR will provide Aircalin passengers with remarkable connectivity.”
SITAONAIR says Aircalin can now bring its passengers an exceptional level of personalization and interactivity – delivering a truly innovative and forward-thinking inflight connectivity experience.
CEO, David Lavorel, said: “With the deployment of Internet ONAIR on its new aircraft, Aircalin is really setting out its stall as a new-generation flight provider.
“We know the importance of the connected aircraft, and are confident that, going forward, Aircalin’s passengers will draw immense satisfaction from their inflight experience.”