Business aviation satellite communications provider Aircell is the latest company to be appointed as a distributor of GX Aviation Services.
Aircell,a subsidiary of Gogo,has signed up with Honeywell Aerospace – the designated business aviation reseller for Inmarsat’s ground-breaking Ka-band services.
“GX Aviation is rapidly gathering momentum and everything is coming into place,” said Miranda Mills, Inmarsat President, Aviation.
“The first satellite is scheduled to be available to support a launch as early as December this year.
“The development of the ground infrastructure is progressing as planned and Honeywell is moving ahead with the airborne terminals.”
She added: “With the addition of Aircell to our list of distribution partners we have signed up all the major in-flight connectivity service providers – and we are already having very positive discussions with aircraft owners and operators.”
The first of the Inmarsat-5 satellites which will make up the GX constellation is currently in final preparation for shipment at Boeing’s El Segundo satellite manufacturing facility in Los Angeles, California, USA.
It will be transported to the launch site at Baikonur in Kazakhstan in the next few weeks. GX Aviation is scheduled to enter service in early 2015.