Inmarsat partner signs first Jet ConneX service agreement

05 November 2015: VistaJet, the global leader in premium long-range private jet travel, has become Rockwell Collins’ first business aviation customer to adopt Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX high-speed broadband connectivity service.

Inmarsat partner Rockwell Collins is a Jet ConneX value added reseller (VAR), as part of its ARINCDirectSM offering, and is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications.

Jet ConneX, which is expected to be available globally in early 2016, will support both voice and high-speed internet services via the Inmarsat-5 next generation satellites, to deliver the world’s first global Ka-band broadband network from a single operator.

Guaranteed connections

“Our customers are increasingly demanding a faster and more reliable in-flight internet service as a routine part of their business travel,” said Nick Van Der Meer, Chief Operating Officer, VistaJet.

“With the ARINCDirect service, VistaJet passengers will be guaranteed the connections they need.”

David Stanley, vice president, ARINCDirect Cabin Services for Rockwell Collins said, “As aircraft capacity increases and passengers use more devices, Rockwell Collins will enable early adopters like VistaJet to provide a reliable global solution with the highest level of bandwidth to meet their customers’ needs.”.

Exciting milestone

“Inmarsat congratulates our partner Rockwell Collins on signing VistaJet as its first business aviation customer for Jet ConneX,” said Kurt Weidemeyer, Inmarsat Vice President of Business Aviation.

“This is an exciting milestone for our Jet ConneX programme, which will set a new standard for in-flight connectivity onboard private jets, with reliable, consistent and high-speed global coverage. We look forward to working with both Rockwell Collins and VistaJet on this important agreement.”

ARINCDirect provides business aviation operators with the single most comprehensive portfolio of flight support solutions in the industry including flight planning, regional and international trip support, cabin connectivity and flight operations management.