Honeywell at the forefront of a new era in high-speed broadband

September 21, 2015 | Author: Carl Esposito

Passengers’ desire to stay connected is higher than ever and operators are recognizing the need to better harness critical data coming on and off the aircraft. Honeywell and Inmarsat are focused on meeting this demand by bringing a truly global and consistent connectivity service to the aviation industry delivered by a single operator.

Global Xpress is the only global Ka-band network designed around the requirements of mobile assets, including aircraft. It has the ability to keep aircraft connected over land and water and throughout all phases of flight.

Honeywell and Inmarsat have reached major milestones to make GX Aviation a reality. Today, Lufthansa announced that it has selected GX Aviation for their short and medium-haul flights. The airline’s customers will be soon able to access the same Wi-Fi experience they get at home while traveling at 35,000 feet. Lufthansa passengers could be streaming YouTube videos, stay connected on Twitter, Instagram and more in 2016. Honeywell will be providing JetWave® terminals, the exclusive hardware to connect to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band network – the first Lufthansa aircraft will be fitted with the new technology in early summer 2016.

Honeywell is on track to certify its JetWave terminals, the exclusive hardware that will enable airlines to connect to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band network, by the end of 2015.

In August 2015, Honeywell began the process to obtain the supplemental type certificate (STC) for its 757 test aircraft to operate the JetWave hardware from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. This certification includes flight testing that relies on Inmarsat’s second Global Xpress satellite, I-5 F2, which is now positioned and operating over the Atlantic Ocean and provides coverage over the Americas.

Certification on the first commercial aircraft is expected to be complete by the end of 2015, proving the GX Aviation system’s worldwide capability and simplifying the path for other aircraft types to obtain STC.

On August 29th, Inmarsat announced the successful launch of the third satellite in the Global Xpress (GX) constellation. Over the coming weeks, I-5 F3 will acquire its final orbit, deploy its solar arrays and reflectors, and undertake payload testing. At the end of these procedures, I-5 F3 will join the first two GX satellites, which are already in orbit and operating successfully, to create the first, globally available, high-speed mobile broadband network delivered by a single operator.

We are excited that Lufthansa has committed to bring the next generation of in-flight high-speed connectivity to their passengers. We are also continuing to work with our other partners to provide the experience to travelers around the world:

  • Airbus is far along in the engineering and certification work to make GX and JetWave hardware option for new aircraft in production across their entire catalogs, and numerous certification processes are engaged to ensure GX and JetWave hardware availability for retrofit applications
  • JetWave hardware has been delivered to support the first A350 GX Aviation installation
  • Honeywell continues to work with Boeing on its technical services agreement to confirm offerability for Boeing platforms including the 787, 777, and 737NG
  • Several airlines, including Qatar, have committed to equipping their fleet with GX Aviation through the Thales A350 in-flight entertainment/connectivity program
  • Air China will test GX Aviation on their A330 Aircraft
  • Vietnam Airlines selected GX Aviation for its A350 fleet through Inmarsat and Honeywell partners, Thales and GoGo
  • For the business aviation segment, Bombardier has selected GX Ka-band business aviation service for the Global 5000, Global 6000, Global 7000 and Global 8000 platforms.
  • Honeywell’s Dassault Falcon 900 test aircraft has installed JetWave and will soon begin flight testing GX Ka-band service
  • There are 15 different aircraft models/types in working on installing JetWave to access the Global Xpress network across commercial, business aviation and government end markets
  • Haitec Aircraft Maintenance signed an agreement to jointly develop an A319 STC for the corporate jet market

As we continue to push forward with bringing GX Aviation to the aviation industry, we are thrilled that 2015 is the year that truly global high-speed in-flight connectivity becomes a reality for travelers around the globe.

Carl Esposito

Carl Esposito

Vice President, Marketing & Product Management Honeywell Aerospace

Carl Esposito leads strategic planning, product marketing, product management (M&PM) and marketing communications for Honeywell Aerospace. Using industry modeling and forecasting, business strategy, customer listening, value proposition development, technology roadmaps, product life cycle plans, and marketing communications, Honeywell’s M&PM manages the broadest product portfolio in the industry.

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