Honeywell JetWave™ wins Engineering Innovation of the Year award

September 27, 2017 | Author: Nick Maynard

Receiving and sending email, updating social media accounts and downloading or streaming content has become an everyday occurrence. We don’t treat internet access as “nice to have,” but rather an expectation allowing us to complete those tasks almost anywhere, with ease. Whether we’re on the ground or in the clouds, connectivity matters. 

In fact, 90 percent of respondents in Honeywell’s Connectivity Survey said a reliable connection throughout their entire flight, no matter where they are, is essential. Especially if no connectivity would diminish their ability to remain productive on the go, or entertained by the latest Netflix hit. 

That’s why Honeywell’s JetWave™ satellite communications hardware, which powers Inmarsat’s GX Aviation network, has won this year’s Aviation Business Awards. The category showcases companies demonstrating a commitment to provide significant technological, productivity and customer benefits. JetWave™ accomplishes this by enabling a connection to a Ka-band Inmarsat satellite network that offers high-speed and global connectivity — even at 35,000 feet. 

In fact, by offering two antenna options for commercial and business aviation aircraft, Honeywell can provide connectivity equivalent to the Wi-Fi experience passengers are accustomed to at home and in the office — at 10- to 100-times faster Wi-Fi speed than older in-flight technologies can achieve.

Prospects and reporters even had a chance to test out this capability when Honeywell conducted a leg of its Power of Connected World Tour, which visited Dubai and will be returning to for its Air Show (14-15 November). The flight demo on Honeywell’s B757 test plane proved that when you fly on an aircraft equipped with a JetWave system that’s connected to Inmarsat’s GX Aviation satellite network, the internet is at your fingertips. 

As a testament to Honeywell’s expertise with in-flight connectivity, JetWave has gained approval by the FAA and EASA across the United States and Europe for many of the most broadly used aircraft. This includes the 737, 757, A320 family and A350. Amid 1,000 deliveries to date, a number of leading global airlines are putting their faith in Honeywell, including Qatar Airways, Lufthansa Group and Singapore Airlines. 

What’s more, business aviation aircraft are also using the technology. Bombardier® is the first business aircraft manufacturer to offer the fastest worldwide onboard connectivity to business jet travelers, while Boeing® is working with Honeywell to extend JetWave to the rest of its aircraft by early 2018. 

Honeywell has been present in the Middle East for more than four decades and has witnessed tremendous market growth, providing a seamless Wi-Fi experience for crew and passengers. This year’s win at the Aviation Business Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the company’s achievements, as well as see what the rest of the market has to offer. 


Nick Maynard

Nick Maynard

Marketing Communications Manager