10 April 2014: Inmarsat has announced an agreement for Thales to join the growing list of GX Aviation Value Added Resellers (VARs).
The announcement follows the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement in September 2013, making SwiftBroadband and GX Aviation the primary and preferred satellite connectivity services for Thales’ TopSeries IFEC system.
Thales, a leader in inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC), recently signed a binding agreement with JetBlue for the acquisition of their fully owned subsidiary LiveTV.
GX Aviation will enable Thales to offer airlines a full IFEC offering from hardware to connectivity services.
“Thales is a major player in the inflight entertainment and connectivity market. Under this agreement, more opportunities open up for airlines to access GX Aviation in packaged IFEC solutions,” said Miranda Mills, President, Inmarsat Aviation.
“The most important thing is that it’s great news for airline passengers all over the world, who will soon have high-speed internet connections, live TV broadcasts and a huge range of new connectivity applications.”
GX Aviation, Inmarsat’s Ka-band service, is scheduled to become available for the commercial aviation market in the first half of 2015, providing internet speeds up to 50Mbps almost anywhere in the world.
The GX Aviation airborne hardware has begun initial production and is on schedule to complete certification and testing in early 2015.
“We are making sure Thales can provide airlines with the very best connectivity solutions, so passengers can remain connected to their professional and social networks, as well as have access to the broadband services they increasingly expect,” said Dominique Giannoni, CEO of the InFlight Entertainment and Connectivity of Thales.
“GX Aviation is a very important part of the jigsaw, providing worldwide high-speed connectivity.”