Bill Peltola appointed by Inmarsat to expand Asia-Pacific aviation business

Inmarsat has appointed Bill Peltola as Senior Director, Aviation Services in the Asia-Pacific region.

Bill will be responsible for developing market opportunities for Inmarsat aviation services in the region, building on the company's long standing leadership position in satellite-based, aviation safety services and introducing Global Xpress (GX), the world's first globally available superfast mobile broadband service, delivered through Ka-band.

Bill joins Inmarsat's aviation team from Panasonic Avionics Corporation, where he was instrumental in the development and implementation of connectivity services offered by its Global Communications Services group. Prior to this, he held senior level positions with aircraft connectivity companies including AirCell (Gogo), Stratos and British Telecom.

Miranda Mills, Vice President, Aerospace, Global Xpress, said: “Bill brings a wealth of aviation industry experience to Inmarsat, spanning avionics systems, passenger services, and regulatory requirements across a number of connectivity technologies; in markets including air transport, business aviation, and the government sector.

“Bill's strong background in aviation connectivity will be put to good use in the Asia Pacific region as we expand our already broad offering with the introduction of our unique, high bandwidth aviation services. Demand for aviation connectivity is expanding rapidly in this region and his experience will be extremely valuable to our partners and their customers as we launch our first GX satellite at the end of 2013.”

Bill Peltola commented: “Inmarsat has a great story to tell. Its reputation for technology development, customer focus and market innovation are second to none. Inmarsat's game-changing Global Xpress broadband solution is coming online at the perfect time to satisfy the growing needs of airlines and aircraft operators. I look forward to using my industry experience to help communicate this story – ensuring GX's profile in the aviation space continues to keep pace with our growing position and potential in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Inmarsat's GX service will offer the unique combination of seamless global coverage from a single operator and consistently higher performance with download speeds of up to 50Mbps, and the network reliability for which Inmarsat is renowned. Services will be delivered over Inmarsat's next generation of satellites, the Inmarsat-5s, with the first satellite scheduled for launch by the end of 2013. Global coverage is planned for the end of 2014.

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Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,500 staff in more than 40 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com/about.

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