Honeywell, Inmarsat Expand Connected Aircraft Partnership

March 10, 2015

Honeywell Aerospace and Inmarsat Government signed a new service provider agreement on March 10, expanding our existing relationship to offer in-flight connectivity services to U.S. government operators, including the armed forces.

Under the agreement, Honeywell will provide hardware and services that will enable secure, global, end-to-end wideband connectivity for airborne, naval and land operations using the Inmarsat Global Xpress satellite constellation.

This agreement extends Honeywell’s existing business with Inmarsat, which includes Honeywell’s JetWave product line, the exclusive terminal hardware which enables connectivity to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network, and Honeywell’s commercial connectivity services for business aviation.

Honeywell is the premier hardware and bandwidth provider for connectivity enabling flight safety, crew and passenger productivity, and passenger entertainment. Our SATCOM solutions provide seamless global connectivity today and our product roadmap features innovative solutions for connectivity in the future.

“As an Inmarsat Global Xpress service provider, Honeywell expands on its extensive in-flight services offering with revolutionary wideband capabilities, making it easy for the U.S. government to procure service and hardware from one source,” said Mike Edmonds, Vice President, Marketing and Product Management. As in-flight communication requirements continue to increase and evolve in the future, we are pleased to be an integral part of the total solution that sets a new standard in truly mobile, seamless, worldwide connectivity for the U.S. government aviation customer.”
“With Global Xpress, U.S. government airborne customers will have uninterrupted access to seamless wideband connectivity from takeoff to landing on a global basis,” said Susan Miller, President and CEO of Inmarsat Government. “Government users will benefit from the reliable high-throughput connectivity that Global Xpress delivers to support a variety of applications. We are very pleased Honeywell has been selected as our aeronautical service provider, leveraging on their exceptional past performance history in the aviation sector.”

The Global Xpress commercial Ka-band network, which is also interoperable with the U.S. government’s military Ka-band Wideband Global Satellite system, will usher in an unprecedented, globally available, high-throughput wideband data service for mobile users offered by a single operator. Inmarsat’s fleet of three Global Xpress Inmarsat-5 satellites is on schedule to achieve full global coverage early in the second half of 2015.

Global Xpress will be the world’s first globally available commercial Ka-band network from one operator and has been built purposely with additional capabilities specific to government and military users. Government and military users will have high-speed data for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, giving access to true high-throughput connectivity for sharing information.