Business & GA, Connectivity

Bombardier Business Rides the JetWave, Connects to Inmarsat IFC through Honeywell Hardware

By Juliet Van Wagenen | September 16, 2014
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Bombardier Global 8000 business aircraft in flight
Bombardier Global 8000 business aircraft. Photo: Bombardier business aircraft

[Avionics Today 09-16-2014] Bombardier Business Aircraft will be the launch business manufacturer for Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWave Ka-Band satellite connectivity system. Honeywell's JetWave hardware supports Inmarsat's forthcoming Jet ConneX service which, when it goes live in 2015, will provide business jet passengers with global In-Flight Connectivity (IFC).

Bombardier will be the first business aviation manufacturer to equip JetWave and plans to offer the technology across the Global 5000, 6000, 7000 and 8000 platforms with a retrofit offering available for all Global aircraft currently in service. According to a statement released by Bombardier, the hardware will allow passengers to video-conference, send and receive large files, and access streaming content while on the move. A range of service packages will be available to Bombardier customers, and each service package will be covered by a minimum service guarantee.

"Our customers want to be online everywhere they go. They will now experience the same level of connectivity in the air that they have come to expect on the ground without a drop in connectivity performance once they leave their homes or offices," said Eric Martel, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft.

Honeywell signed an agreement in 2012 with Inmarsat to be the exclusive hardware provider for its Ka-Band GX Aviation connectivity service, branded Jet ConneX for the business aircraft market.

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