Panasonic Avionics yesterday introduced what it calls a “global communications suite” designed to provide world leader head-of-state aircraft with the ultimate in airborne connectivity. Branded as eXConnect and eXPhone, the Ku-band satellite services will make their debut in a Boeing Business Jet within the coming weeks.
Connexion by Boeing
Satcom Direct, a leading retailer of satellite communications services for aviation, continues to line up deals that should ensure the Melbourne, Fla.-based company suffers few, if any, negative effects from the ailing economy.
After years of development and months of anticipation, Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband satellite aeronautical data service is finally poised for takeoff.
Boeing’s planned Connexion airborne broadband data service was dealt a damaging blow last month when its three largest customers–American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines–abruptly withdrew from the project in the face of their own fiscal difficulties. As a result, Boeing is left with no equity partners in the venture and only one customer, Lufthansa, for the fledgling in-flight Internet and e-mail service.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, you’ll know that barely a day passes without news that some nifty new method of accessing the Internet has been developed, not to mention a bushel full of cool new ideas about what to do once you’re online.
Rockwell Collins and Connexion by Boeing are teaming to create a broadband satellite data service for business jets that will fly first aboard Bombardier’s Global 5000 and Global Express XRS.
Boeing has been inundated by requests from business jet operators for information about its Connexion broadband satellite communications system since the widely publicized trial launch of the service in January aboard a Lufthansa 747-400.
Boeing’s new Connexion satellite Internet service last month began operating in revenue passenger service aboard a Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 flying daily between Frankfurt, Germany, and Washington Dulles International Airport. The good news for passengers is that Lufthansa is offering the service free of charge for the duration of this initial three-month trial.
Rockwell Collins said last month that it has completed the purchase of the SkyLink broadband terminal product line from Arinc for its relaunched eXchange data offering. Collins will sell and support the product line to large business jet operators and OEMs, while Arinc will continue to provide SkyLink Ku-band satellite services.
Shown to passengers on transatlantic TWA flights, the first full-length feature film to play on an airliner was 1961’s By Love Possessed, starring Lana Turner and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Marking a milestone that history may well hold in equally high regard, Lufthansa on May 17 gave passengers on Flight LH452 from Munich to Los Angeles the opportunity to be the first in the world to surf the Internet on a revenue airline flight.
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