Inmarsat and Thales conclude GX Aviation Reseller agreement

APEX EXPO, Anaheim CA, 17 September 2014 – Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today confirmed Thales, the leader in inflight entertainment and connectivity, as a Value Added Reseller for GX Aviation.

Inmarsat and Thales expect that launch customers for GX Aviation, Inmarsat’s game-changing high-speed broadband connectivity, will be able to offer Internet speeds of up to 50Mbps to passengers on a global basis in 2015. This represents the only Ka-band solution built to deliver a seamless global network.

“Passengers all over the world will soon have access to high-speed Internet connections and a huge range of new connectivity applications. GX Aviation is the only service that can meet the demand from airlines for a global seamless service,” said Leo Mondale, President Aviation, Inmarsat. “We are delighted to be expanding our relationship with Thales with the addition of GX Aviation. They are a major player in the aerospace industry, as well as one of the major inflight entertainment and connectivity companies. Having Thales on board supports our goal to make GX Aviation widely available to airlines all around the world.”

“Connectivity now forms part of every conversation we have with airlines about inflight entertainment,” said Dominique Giannoni, Thales Vice President and CEO of the InFlight Entertainment and Connectivity activities. “Therefore we need to have access to the very best connectivity available, and that means we must have GX Aviation in our portfolio. It is the only Ka-band network providing consistent worldwide coverage, which is absolutely vital for airlines.”

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About Inmarsat

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 1,600 staff in more than 60 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). The Inmarsat press release newsfeed and corporate updates are on Twitter @InmarsatGlobal

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader in the Aerospace, Transportation and Defence & Security markets. In 2013, the company generated revenues of €14.2 billion with 65,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers and local partners.

The Group’s IFEC business was established in 1999 and today is a leading provider of award winning embedded and wireless passenger systems for the purpose of enriching the travel experience. Through the development of advanced applications for passengers and crews and wide range of connected services both in the air and on the ground, Thales IFEC services over 100 airlines located in all major regions of the world.

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