09 October 2017: Inmarsat and Honeywell have reached a major milestone with the 100th installation of the JetWave™ system, which powers Jet ConneX, the only high-speed, global inflight Wi-Fi service for the business aviation industry available today.
The rapid adoption is attributed to forward-thinking manufacturers, maintenance professionals and owners/operators, who were unhappy with previous connectivity options and believed in the Inmarsat-Honeywell solution.
More than 150 business jet installations are expected by the end of this year.
Customers include Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault, Embraer and Gulfstream. Each is using Inmarsat’s advanced Ka-band high-throughput satellite service, Jet ConneX, with Honeywell’s JetWave hardware to offer data plans with up to 15 Mbps and consistent global coverage. This allows passengers and operators to enjoy Wi-Fi that is just as good as they are used to at home or in the office.
Honeywell, Inmarsat and their installation partners have received more than 25 type certificate and supplemental type certificate (STC) approvals for JetWave from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to date across 24 platforms.
The two companies are securing an additional nine STCs for five other platforms in the coming months, meaning Jet ConneX will be available for installation on over 29 business jet platforms.
Kurt Weidemeyer, Vice President of Business Aviation at Inmarsat, said: “Manufacturers, maintenance houses and operators saw the value of a reliable, global, high-speed Wi-Fi solution early on and began STC programmes well in advance of Jet ConneX’s service launch.
“Equal credit goes to the maintenance directors and avionics leads who offered up aircraft for the long and expensive STC process. It’s because of these forward thinkers that we’re in such a great position. Together, Inmarsat and Honeywell have redefined cutting edge in the industry.”
Warren Nechtman, Vice President of Connectivity Equipment at Honeywell Aerospace, said: “Honeywell has seen major interest and rapid adoption of our JetWave system for Connected Aircraft over the past year.
“Flight departments and passengers clearly want better inflight connectivity for everything from live-streaming football games to holding videoconferences at 30,000 feet. Honeywell and Inmarsat’s Ka-band technology is improving the quality of air travel for thousands of people.”
Platforms supported by JetWave and Jet ConneX: