Emirates hails Inmarsat’s Arctic coverage for inflight broadband

10 July 2019: World-leading airline Emirates has welcomed Inmarsat’s announcement that Global Xpress is to be enhanced with Arctic capabilities.

The expansion is part of the evolution of Global Xpress which will mark a step change in the network’s capacity, capabilities and agility.

Woman using inflight Wi-Fi on smart phone in business class

Emirates has publically recognised the benefits its passengers will see. “We are very pleased with this development, which will ensure Emirates continues to lead the industry in providing our customers a seamless inflight connectivity experience across geographies, on all of our flight routes,” commented Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operations.

Raise the bar

“Over the years, we have worked closely with Inmarsat and our supply partners to continually raise the bar on inflight connectivity, and we look forward to further enhancing that experience, taking advantage of new technologies and infrastructure.”

Every Emirates aircraft is connected for Wi-Fi, voice and SMS services. However, when US-bound flights are routed over the polar region, passengers can find themselves without connectivity for up to four hours when the aircraft’s antenna cannot ‘see’ the satellite in geostationary orbit, due to the earth’s curvature.

The expansion of Global Xpress, which powers Inmarsat’s award-winning GX Aviation in-flight broadband solution, means Emirates’ passengers will soon be able to enjoy Wi-Fi, mobile service connectivity and live news and sport seamlessly, even when flying at 40,000 feet in higher elevations and across the Arctic.

HEO payloads

Coverage will be delivered by two dedicated satellite payloads in Highly Elliptical Orbits (HEO), scheduled for launch in 2022 as part of Space Norway’s Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission.

Inmarsat Aviation President Philip Balaam commented: “Inmarsat has an extremely successful track record of working with Emirates to ensure their inflight connectivity requirements are met on a global basis, both in the cockpit and the cabin. We are delighted to continue that tradition with the rapid development of our Global Xpress (GX) satellite network.

“Our development of the GX network is a great fit for Emirates and once again they have played an important role in our decision for these latest expansions.”

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