Infight Wi-Fi is about to get a lot faster for Gulfstream large-cabin aircraft operators. Beginning in 2017, Gulfstream will offer the Jet ConneX high-speed, global satellite network as a completions and retrofit option for G650ER, G650, G550 and G450 business jets. The aircraft will connect to the Inmarsat Jet ConneX network using Honeywell’s JetWave satellite communications hardware.
Honeywell is the exclusive satellite communications hardware supplier for the Jet ConneX network. Through the GoDirect solution portfolio, Honeywell also provides subscription-based airtime packages designed to match operators’ mission, help them manage costs and keep their passengers happy.
Gulfstream and Honeywell partnered to begin flight testing of Jet ConneX on a Honeywell-owned G650 in July 2016. Their in-service evaluation, which is ongoing for several aircraft, will continue through mid-2017.
“We are fully committed to providing the best aviation experience to customers, and putting this equipment through a robust in-service evaluation is a critical part of that,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream, in a Gulfstream press release.
“The early feedback from customers has been extremely positive. This technology has been years in the making, and it will allow companies and individuals who use Gulfstream aircraft to be even more productive in the air.”
Jet ConneX uses the Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) Ka-band network to deliver bandwidth and throughput to meet cabin passengers’ business and entertainment needs. Jet ConneX uses Inmarsat’s I-5 satellite communications network to provide unequalled global coverage and network availability. With Jet ConneX, passengers can videoconference, transfer large files, surf the net, stream videos and do anything else they can do on the ground – all at 40,000 feet.