Bombardier is quickly becoming known as an airframer that is committed to providing in-flight connectivity on its business and commercial aircraft, and is even eyeing connectivity for the Q400 turboprop.
The Canadian company has partnered with ViaSat and EMS Aviation to offer a Ku-band satellite-supported high-speed Internet option on Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft.
Bombardier also recently revealed plans to make connectivity baseline on the 110/130-seat CSeries. It has not disclosed what connectivity pipe it will use.
But the airframer is also studying connectivity for its Q400. Gordon Pratt, director of Q Series programme management at Bombardier, says the firm “absolutely” envisages offering connectivity on the turboprop.
Key quote from Pratt:
“The installation and application would be very, very similar [to regional jets]. We need to find a solution that is cost effective for a smaller airplane. The business case has to make sense, but we really think the Q400 is ideal in terms of mission for that sort of application.”
Inmarsat SwiftBroadband-supported connectivity solutions and Gogo’s Biz ATG offering are also offerable on various Bombardier business jets