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Thaicom Launches Asia-Pacific IFC Service with Nok Air

By Juliet Van Wagenen | October 1, 2014
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Patee Sarasin Nok Air CEO with Suphajee Suthumpun, Thaicom CEO
Patee Sarasin Nok Air CEO (center left) with Suphajee Suthumpun, Thaicom CEO (center right). Photo courtesy of Nok Air

[Avionics Today 10-01-2014] The first flight to use Thaicom’s new satellite-based In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) service in Asia-Pacific has taken off from Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport. Developed in partnership with Global Eagle Entertainment, the Ku-band service provides broadband at 3G-like speeds on commercial flights for Thailand-based low-cost carrier Nok Air.
 
Journalists and regular passengers on board Nok Air flight DD7510 from Bangkok to Phuket had the opportunity to be the first to receive broadband Internet via Wi-Fi and satellite that can be used for Web browsing, sending and receiving emails, using social media and reading the news.

Thaicom’s agreement with Nok Air is initially for six aircraft, with a plan to expand the service to the complete fleet of 22 aircraft within three years.

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