|The Airbus A350 XWB. Photo: Airbus|
[Avionics Today 09-17-2014] Building on Honeywell’s agreement with Inmarsat to exclusively develop, produce and distribute the onboard hardware that will enable users to connect to Inmarsat's GX Aviation network, Honeywell Aerospace and Thales have announced a partnership to integrate JetWave hardware with Thales cabin network solutions for Airbus A350XWB and other commercial aircraft. The combined offering will give commercial airline operators and their passengers the same connectivity experience in-flight as they would have at home or work — with real-time TV viewing, live chatting and video streaming, among other capabilities.
According to a statement released by Honeywell, the global connectivity offering — targeting both passenger aircraft and business jets — will provide data rates to the aircraft of up to 50Mbps and will be available with Thales cabin network solutions in 2015. In addition, Thales will offer Honeywell's JetWave hardware for new and existing Airbus aircraft as a selectable option.