Honeywell And Inmarsat Advance Global Wireless Connectivity Program With First
Inmarsat GX Satellite Successfully Launched
Wi-Fi speeds of up to 50Mbps will provide passengers with consistent in-flight
Internet speeds even across oceans and anywhere around the globe
PHOENIX, Dec. 9, 2013
PHOENIX, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) and
Inmarsat's GX Aviation program is one step closer to providing travelers with
a home- and office-like wireless connectivity experience even at 30,000 feet
by the year 2015. Inmarsat successfully launched the first of three satellites
in the Global Xpress constellation network, the Inmarsat-5 F1. The
constellation will deliver the world's first truly global, high-speed
in-flight Wi-Fi, offering passengers, airlines and original equipment
manufacturers consistent connectivity for commercial, military and business
aircraft over land and sea.
"Passengers want to stay connected online even when they are flying at 30,000
feet. They expect to have an experience that mimics the Internet in their home
or office," said Jack Jacobs, vice president of Marketing & Product Management
at Honeywell. "With the launch of Inmarsat's first satellite in the Global
Xpress constellation, passengers and airlines will get exactly what they
desire: faster in-flight Wi-Fi that provides everybody with the ability to
shop, access email, connect with friends on social networking sites, and enjoy
live streaming for entertainment with a consistent connection across oceans
"GX Aviation is changing the face of in-flight connectivity," said Miranda
Mills, Inmarsat president, Aviation. "It will be the world's first global
Ka-band network, specifically designed to provide connectivity to aircraft,
and will enable a whole range of new services for both passengers and crew."
The F1 satellite will first cover the Indian Ocean region. The remaining
satellites are expected to launch in the second and third quarters of 2014,
providing global coverage by the end of 2014.
Passengers Demand Better In-Flight Wi-Fi
In September 2013, Honeywell released a survey of more than 3,000 global
airline passengers that signaled a major shift in the definition of airplane
passenger comfort and confirmed an increasing demand for global, transoceanic,
fast and consistent in-flight wireless connectivity.
The survey showed:
oMore than three in four fliers surveyed think wireless access should
always be available on airplanes.
oAlmost 90 percent of fliers would give up an amenity on their
flight—preferred seats, extra legroom and more—to be guaranteed a faster
and more consistent wireless connection.
Beyond passenger comfort, the Honeywell-developed avionics and hardware for GX
Aviation will more effectively enable new services for aircraft operators and
airlines, such as predictive maintenance and better aircraft communications
that will take advantage of fast, consistent and global connectivity,
essentially creating a truly "connected aircraft."
About Honeywell and Inmarsat
Honeywell and Inmarsat signed an agreement in 2012 to provide global in-flight
connectivity services to business, commercial and government aviation
customers around the world. Under the terms of the terminal agreement,
Honeywell will exclusively develop, produce and distribute the onboard
hardware that will enable users to connect to Inmarsat's Global Xpress
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Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications
services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and
high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other
organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in
the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around
the world, with a presence in the major ports and centers of commerce on every
continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). For
more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com.
About Honeywell Aerospace
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every commercial, defense and space aircraft worldwide. The Aerospace business
unit develops and integrates technologies that span air traffic modernization,
flight and runway safety, engines, cockpit and cabin electronics,
connectivity, logistics and more that deliver safe, efficient, productive and
comfortable transportation-related experiences. For more information, visit
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