Thales and Honeywell have begun working together to integrate the Honeywell developed GX Aviation Ka-band satcom avionics and antenna systems, operating over Inmarsat’s GX Aviation Ka-band satellite constellation with Thales’s cabin network systems, the companies announced Wednesday at the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) exposition in Long Beach, California.
The combined offering will give commercial airline operators and their passengers four times the in-flight connectivity bandwidth, enabling real-time television channel viewing and social media connectivity as well as virtual office functionality for video conferencing, according to Thales.
“Inmarsat’s GX Aviation Ka-band satellite connectivity system is a game changer and continues our tradition of providing the commercial aerospace market with innovative, proven and reliable products,” said Honeywell vice president Jack Jacobs. “We expect that this connectivity system will provide airlines with significantly larger bandwidth at a cost-effective price.”
“GX Aviation’s satellite constellation provides huge volumes of bandwidth and is optimized for mobile platforms which guarantee seamless satellite handover and global systems management, guaranteeing to enhance the passenger experience,” added Stuart Dunleavy, Thales Avionics vice president of media and connectivity.