Royal Jet has chosen Honeywell’s (NYSE: HON) JetWave Ka-band satellite connectivity hardware and GoDirect Cabin for its new 34-seat, custom-made Boeing Business Jet. The Boeing 737-700 airplane is the first of its kind to be installed with JetWave hardware, giving access to high-speed, consistent in-flight Wi-Fi and enabling Royal Jet passengers to stay connected in flight for business or leisure — even when flying over the ocean.
Honeywell’s JetWave hardware was fitted on Royal Jet’s Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) 737-700 by Lufthansa Technik, which recently received a supplementary type certificate to install the Ka-band hardware on BBJ platforms. The JetWave installation enables Royal Jet’s BBJ aircraft to connect to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band satellite network, allowing passengers to stream video, download large files and do more through the Jet ConneX service.
With access to Honeywell’s GoDirect Cabin — a suite of services and mobile applications that helps manage the connectivity network — Royal Jet’s flight crews and maintenance teams have all the information they need to better manage the airplane’s connectivity network. This reduces the need for third-party support by giving the operator control over data usage, billing and network troubleshooting.
“Business jet passengers have high expectations, including reliable connectivity service, whenever they fly. With Honeywell’s connectivity solutions, Royal Jet’s VVIP passengers can experience fast, consistent in-flight Wi-Fi that improves comfort and productivity throughout their journey,” said Raghed Talih, sales director for the Middle East, Honeywell Aerospace. “Having worked closely with Royal Jet for several years providing aftermarket and technical support, we are excited that the operator has chosen to use Honeywell’s connectivity solutions and services aboard the newest addition to its fleet. This is an investment that will significantly enhance not only the passenger experience but also airplane operations in the hyperconnected world in which we live.”
“Royal Jet is pleased to operate the world’s first BBJ equipped with Inmarsat high-speed Ka-band Wi-Fi enabled by Honeywell’s JetWave hardware,” said Rob DiCastri, president and CEO, Royal Jet. “Combined with Honeywell’s GoDirect Cabin, we have the tools we need to expand the cabin experience for our customers, while providing flight crews and maintenance teams with an effective solution to control connectivity needs across the network.”
Royal Jet’s first BBJ aircraft entered service in November, and a second is due to go live in December 2016. It will also be equipped with JetWave hardware.
Learn more about Honeywell Aerospace’s connectivity services and solutions at the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association Show 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.