Air Astana has signed an Aircraft Interiors Expo deal with Rockwell Collins to install Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) Ka-band satellite-based broadband connectivity service across its fleet of Boeing 767s.
Installations will begin on the first of three 767s in September, with the other two set to follow in March and September 2017.
Economy- and business-class passengers will be able to use their laptops, tablets and smartphones in flight to surf the Internet, check their email and use instant messaging applications.
“After carefully reviewing a number of competing offers, Air Astana’s decision came down to Rockwell Collins’ ability to provide a cost-effective solution that was tailored to meet all our needs,” says the airline’s commercial engineering manager, Andrey Gulev.
Jeff Standerski, vice-president of Rockwell Collins’ Information Management Services division, says the agreement will enable Air Astana passengers to experience “what only a handful of others around the world will – the fastest and most reliable in-flight connectivity available”.
Rockwell Collins is a value-added reseller of Inmarsat’s GX solution, which is due to enter service in the coming months. GX is supported by three Ka-band high-speed mobile broadband communications satellites.
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Source: Flight Daily News