08 April 2014: Inmarsat has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to make Rockwell Collins a Value Added Reseller (VAR) for GX Aviation.
Under the terms of the agreement Rockwell Collins, through its recent acquisition of ARINC, will bring Inmarsat’s game changing Ka-band service to airline customers worldwide.
GX Aviation is scheduled to be available for the commercial aviation market in the first half of 2015 and, providing internet speeds of up to 50Mbps, is set to change the shape of inflight connectivity.
The signing builds on Inmarsat’s long-standing strategic relationship with Rockwell Collins, which has been providing Inmarsat-enabled avionics, and ARINC, which has been a leading provider of cockpit voice and data services for airlines over Inmarsat’s networks.
Rockwell Collins is already a reseller of GX Aviation airtime for the business aviation market. Following the MoU, it will be able to provide a full solution supporting all of an airline’s satcom connectivity needs from cockpit to cabin.
“We are building an exceptional network of resellers for GX Aviation, and we’re looking forward to continuing our tremendous 20-year history of working with Rockwell Collins and ARINC,” said Miranda Mills, President, Inmarsat Aviation.
“The very best companies in the industry are working to ensure GX Aviation is widely available for airlines and therefore their passengers.
“For the first time, passengers will have access to the same level of high-speed broadband throughout entire flights.”
The first of three GX Aviation satellites is in orbit and undergoing final testing. The second and third are scheduled to be in place before year-end.
The airborne hardware is currently in the production phase. Testing and certification will happen in early 2015, at which point GX Aviation will be available for airlines.
“Airlines need to know they can provide the same service on every flight, all over the world, and that is what Inmarsat provides,” said Jeff Standerski, Senior Vice President, Information Management Services (IMS) for Rockwell Collins.
“The imminent launch of GX Aviation is very exciting and we are looking forward to working with airlines to bring a broad range of new applications to airlines and passengers.”