Honeywell to Be Exclusive Inmarsat Global Xpress Ka-band Satellite Airtime
Provider for In-Flight Wireless Broadband Services
Honeywell inks first deals with ARINC Direct and OnAir to provide business
airplanes with faster Ka-band Internet connectivity
ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 30, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and
Inmarsat PLC have agreed to make Honeywell the exclusive wireless airtime
reseller for Inmarsat Global Xpress Ka-band aircraft connectivity services and
hardware for business aviation jet customers. The five-year agreement will
give airplane operators, pilots and passengers access to a higher-speed,
in-flight wireless broadband network worldwide.
In addition, Honeywell has signed distribution partner agreements with ARINC
Direct and OnAir that will provide the GX Aviation Service directly to
business aviation airplane operators. This relationship enables these and
other companies to develop innovative applications and services ranging from
entertainment and software updates and upgrades to technical aircraft
maintenance and customer support.
Cabin Connectivity: Bringing the Home or Office to the Sky
By 2016 it is estimated there will be 10 billion mobile devices in the world,
and demand for data traffic is expected to grow by a factor of 50 for
smartphones and a factor of 62 for tablets. Honeywell is uniquely poised to
meet this demand with in-flight broadband coverage by 2015. Passengers will
have access to streaming data ranging from music and movies to social apps and
business tools. Business users will be able to access cloud applications, just
as on the ground.
Flight Deck Connectivity
Inmarsat Global Xpress Ka-band is a wireless microwave frequency used to
deliver broadband services via satellite. It offers higher broadband
communication speeds than today's existing satellite networks. This will
enable business jet operators, owners and passengers to work, entertain and
access the Internet faster than with today's technologies, and do so over
bodies of water and around the world versus being restricted to local,
land-based access only.
By providing aircraft operators with the hardware and service to access this
high-speed GX Aviation connection, Honeywell will give pilots and crew the
ability to stream flight preparation and non-flight-critical information in
real time. This will revolutionize how pilots communicate with each other and
with the broader ground and air traffic community.
For example, business jet pilots will be able to connect their personal
electronic devices to the GX Aviation link and communicate information such as
streaming weather reports, flight delay information, rerouting, flight
management system (FMS) updates, database downloads and more — faster than
The agreement also opens up the possibility for minimizing the amount of
downtime needed for avionics software and database updates. Pilots and
operators can be notified when a newer version of software or database
information becomes available. With the simple press of a button, pilots will
be able to upgrade their software or databases, in much the same way that
current mobile operating system upgrades occur with personal mobile devices.
This will greatly reduce the amount of aircraft downtime and minimize the need
for technician servicing and training, as well as simplify information
delivery on a global scale.
oCarl Esposito, Vice President, Marketing and Product Management, Honeywell
"With these agreements, we're bringing complete wireless connectivity to the
aircraft. Whether you're a passenger in the cabin streaming a new video or a
pilot in the cockpit checking real-time weather patterns, Honeywell is
revolutionizing the way mobile connectivity is experienced in the sky."
oIan Dawkins, Chief Executive Officer, OnAir
"We're delighted to offer the latest generation of high-speed broadband
connection to our customers. The tie-up between OnAir and Honeywell brings
together leading and complementary technologies in their respective fields."
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