Hughes Network Systems has on 29 May during AIX signed an agreement with TCI Aircraft Interiors and satellite specialist Turksat to support the latter two companies provision of in-flight connectivity services to Turkish low-cost carrier AJet.

The two Turkish firms had yesterday during the show announced an agreement whereby TCI and Turksat will provide AJet with onboard connectivity across the carrier’s narrowbody fleet. AJet, the recently rebranded Turkish Airlines low-cost unit, has a fleet of almost 100 narrowbodies.


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Hughes Network Systems’ aviation SVP Reza Rasoulian (left) marks the signing of the contract with TCI chief executive Mujdat Uludag (centre) and Turksat VP satellite operations Selman Demirel (right)

Reza Rasoulian, senior vice-presiden of Hughes’ aviation business unit, says:  “This powerful partnership underscores our commitment to delivering fast, reliable connectivity to AJet and the aviation industry. With TCI’s advanced aviation engineering, integration capabilities and Turksat’s outstanding satellite capabilities, AJet passengers will have an exceptional in-flight connectivity experience.” 

US-based company Hughes, which operates the JUPITER geostationary (GEO) satellite system, last year announced plans to introduced three direct in-flight connectivity services to the market. It has at this year’s show unveiled its new low earth orbit (LEO) electronically steerable antenna (ESA) service for in-flight connectivity.