|Singapore Airlines A380. Photo: Singapore Airlines
[Avionics Today 11-11-2015] Honeywell Aerospace will provide its JetWave satellite communications hardware to Singapore Airlines for connection to Inmarsat's Global Xpress Aviation broadband solution. Zodiac Inflight Innovations and Sita OnAir will provide the solution, which promises a “home-like” Wi-Fi experience aboard aircraft via Inmarsat GX Ka-band network.
The installation of the Ka-band Global Xpress (GX) Aviation system is scheduled for the second half of 2016 and will be equipped on Singapore Airlines' B777-300ER aircraft, followed by its A380-800s. GX Aviation will deliver data rates of up to 50 Mbps to aircraft that will enable video streaming and real-time social media services.
"As consumer electronic devices continue to consume frequency bandwidth, more demand will be placed on high-speed satellite connectivity and infrastructure. Honeywell's JetWave hardware and Inmarsat's Global Xpress will support this growth trajectory,” said Brian Davis, vice president of airlines in the Asia Pacific at Honeywell Aerospace.
Airlines such as Vietnam Airlines and Lufthansa have also adopted JetWave and GX Aviation to their fleets.