China’s AirMedia now distributor for Honeywell JetWave

Honeywell's JetWave MCS-8200 fuselage-mounted antenna for Inmarsat GX
Honeywell’s JetWave MCS-8200 fuselage-mounted antenna for Inmarsat GX

AirMedia subsidiary Air Esurfing has been selected as the sole distributor of Honeywell’s next-generation JetWave satellite communications hardware in China.

This will enable Chinese airlines to have access to an all-in-one solution that provides high-speed, in-flight connectivity service.

Honeywell’s JetWave satellite communications hardware provides high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi service worldwide by seamlessly establishing Ka-band communication links with the Inmarsat Aviation Global Xpress network and ChinaSat 16 and ChinaSat 18 satellites.

Tailored to benefit both passengers and airlines, the cooperation is devoted to increasing the availability of fast, consistent, Ka-band connectivity for passengers traveling with airlines originated in China and generating new revenues for airlines.

Steven Lien, President, Asia Pacific, Honeywell Aerospace, said: “China plays a significant role in our global growth and we are committed to working with local partners to help advance the country’s aviation industry.

“This exciting cooperation with ARE gives Chinese airlines a competitive edge in a globalized market – providing them with hardware and connectivity that delivers inflight Wi-Fi with in-office speed.”

Grant Zhou, COO of AirMedia, said: “ARE is the leading provider of in-flight entertainment and connectivity in the region. We are pleased to establish cooperation with Honeywell to provide our customers with proven solutions to high-speed, inflight connectivity to meet an increasing demand of passengers.

“This cooperation will further advance our ability to provide customized solutions to meet the growth of high-speed connectivity in aviation industry in China.”

Herman Guo, CEO of AirMedia added: “As the leading provider of in-flight connectivity, the company’s strategic cooperation with Honeywell will empower Chinese airlines with high-speed in-flight internet services to deliver passengers the same experience as it would’ve been otherwise on the ground.

“With extended experiences and strategic alignments in both in-flight entertainment and in-flight connectivity, the company, while providing high-speed in-flight Internet connectivity, is capable of maintaining and operating an in-flight mobile platform and interactive products benefiting from the platform.”

Guo believes that while enhancing the compatibility of Chinese airlines worldwide, the high-speed in-flight connectivity will present new and innovative opportunities to both Chinese airlines and AirMedia.

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