High speed inflight Wi-Fi adds to luxury private jet experience

Guests on exclusive private jet expeditions can now experience the fastest in-flight Wi-Fi available as they tour the world.

TCS World Travel, which specialises in luxury trips by air, has installed Inmarsat partner Rockwell Collins’ CabinConnect system onboard its custom-configured Boeing 757, using Inmarsat’s GX Aviation service to deliver the same fast and reliable connectivity in the air that has previously only been available on the ground.

The fully operational system premiered this month on a 23-day trip across Eurasia undertaken by 50 passengers.

Dependable solution

“Our brand is about redefining luxury travel by providing highly personalised, enriching experiences for our guests from the comfort and convenience of our private jets,” said Shelley Cline, TCS World Travel president. “We chose Rockwell Collins for cabin connectivity because we needed a dependable solution that will keep our guests connected almost anywhere in the world.”

TCS World Travel customers can use an aircraft-provided tablet or their own devices to check email or browse the internet in flight, as well as access news, sports and weather information. Rockwell Collins customised the system to interface with the company’s onboard lecture service, which offers live presentations from a travel expert about upcoming destinations.

“As a leading aircraft communications and service provider, we worked closely with TCS World Travel to understand their individual needs and requirements, and were able to outfit their aircraft with an operational system in just seven months,” said Alexis Hickox, head of Business Development, Cabin Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “Bringing together our aviation expertise with our knowledge of the Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) network has enabled us to provide TCS World Travel with a service that is very much in line with their mission of creating unforgettable travel experiences for their guests.”

Kurt Weidemeyer, Inmarsat’s Vice President of Business and General Aviation, said: “TCS World Travel customers expect the best and with GX Aviation they are getting a broadband solution that is a genuine step change in inflight Wi-Fi and offers consistent, reliable connectivity wherever they fly in the world.”