Honeywell JetWave Satellite Internet Connects Airbus A320 Family

June 30, 2016 | Author: Carl Esposito

If you still think buckling your seatbelt on a commercial jetliner means entering an internet-free zone for hours at a time, think again. The age of the connected aircraft is upon us thanks to advancements from Honeywell and our connectivity partner Inmarsat.

The latest – and one of the biggest – occurred in June when the Global Xpress (GX) Aviation inflight connectivity service was certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency for the Airbus A320 family of aircraft. This Supplemental Type Certificate (STC)  means that our JetWave high-speed satellite communications hardware can be installed in any of the more than 6,500 Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft flying today.

GX Aviation was already approved by the FAA for Honeywell’s Boeing 757 flying testbed, so with this STC we’re a step closer to achieving certification on every major Airbus and Boeing aircraft type. We’re also certified on the Bombardier Global 5000 and 6000 business jets.

When you fly on an aircraft equipped with a JetWave system connected to the Inmarsat GX Aviation satellite constellation, you’ll have the internet at your fingertips. You can send and receive email, view streaming video, download that big business presentation, update your social media accounts and crush as much candy as you want – all with speed and reliability like you’re used to having on the ground.

From the airlines’ perspective, providing passengers with a seamless Wi-Fi experience has never been easier. Our JetWave terminals and antennas have been designed with ease of installation and maintenance in mind, letting airlines install hardware with standard tools and minimal labor and much less downtime – days not weeks. Our global customer support network means help is just around the corner, wherever an operator is based.

Lufthansa Technik obtained the Airbus STC after developing a highly efficient installation process that can be completed in four days or during normal maintenance activities. Installation on Lufthansa’s 150-aircraft European fleet is expected to begin shortly with the first of the JetWave-equipped aircraft in the system by October.

The certification demonstrates the growing maturity of GX Aviation, which entered commercial service in 2015. It now includes every component in the connectivity value chain – from satellites to onboard hardware to cabin networks and support. Inmarsat and Honeywell are working together to finish global flight and service testing in preparation for operational launch of the service later this year.

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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