LAS VEGAS: Honeywell and Inmarsat have reached a major milestone with the 100th installation of the JetWave system, which powers Jet ConneX, the only high-speed, global, in-flight Wi-Fi service for the business aviation industry available today. This rapid adoption is attributed to forward-thinking manufacturers, maintenance professionals and owners/operators who were unhappy with previous connectivity options and believed in the Honeywell-Inmarsat solution. More than 150 business jet installations are anticipated before the end of 2017.
Customers that have adopted this solution are a “who’s who” of the biggest names in aviation, from Airbus and Boeing to Bombardier, Dassault, Embraer and Gulfstream. Each is using Honeywell’s JetWave hardware and Inmarsat’s advanced Ka-band high-throughput satellite network, Jet ConneX, 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 FAA and 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 more than 29 business jet platforms.
“Manufacturers, maintenance houses and operators saw the value of a reliable, global, high-speed Wi-Fi solution early on and began STC programs well in advance of the Jet ConneX service launch. Equal credit goes to the directors of maintenance and avionics leads who offered up aircraft for the long and expensive STC process,” said Kurt Weidemeyer, vice president, Business Aviation, Inmarsat. “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.”