[Avionics Magazine 11-7-2016] International Airlines Group (IAG) has confirmed its intention to install Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network (EAN) high-speed, in-flight passenger connectivity service on up to 341 of its narrowbody aircraft across all of the group’s airlines.
The first IAG aircraft to receive EAN connectivity will be a British Airways A321. Pictured here, is a British Airways A320 cabin. Photo: British Airways.
IAG stated that it is planning to deploy the EAN service on the first of its aircraft, a British Airways A321, in the summer of 2017.
The 341 IAG short-haul aircraft will include 132 from British Airways, 125 from Vueling, 45 from Iberia and 39 from Aer Lingus.
EAN is a satellite and ground-based combined-connectivity platform designed to provider broadband connectivity to airline passengers flying anywhere in Europe. The network will seamlessly combine Inmarsat’s newly dedicated S-band satellite with a new 4G LTE mobile terrestrial network.