Inmarsat and OnAir have finalized a contract appointing OnAir as the initial aviation distribution partner for Global Xpress, a cabin communication system its developers describe as “the first global Ka-band network to provide in-flight broadband connectivity for the aeronautical market.” OnAir currently uses Inmarsat SwiftBroadband to provide the connectivity for Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir.
Business aircraft operators are beginning to follow the growing ranks of airlines that provide passengers with on-board connectivity for telephony, message and Internet-access services. Indeed, this sector now accounts for about 10 percent of Airbus/SITA joint venture OnAir’s 45 aviation customers, although not all clients have yet deployed the service.
OnAir is working on an STC that will make the Dassault Falcon 7X the first purpose-built business jet to receive its onboard cellphone system. So far, the system had been installed only in bizliners. OnAir allows passengers to make and receive calls on their personal cellphones during flight.
OnAir is working on a supplementary type certificate for the Dassault Falcon 7X, which will be the first purpose-built business jet to receive the on-board cell phone service specialist’s system. So far, the system had been installed only in “bizliners,” such as Boeing BBJs or Airbus ACJs.
Passengers travelling in Comlux The Aviation Group’s new executive Airbus A319s will be able to remain in touch during flights using their personal cellphones, thanks to OnAir’s in-flight connectivity service. With the service, sending and receiving voice calls and text messages, e-mails and mobile data transfer are possible.
Aeroconseil (Stand 126, Hall B2), a provider of aeronautical engineering and air transport services, is making its second appearance at Le Bourget. This year it is demonstrating a system for the rapid prototyping of avionics suites, another for optimizing aircraft fuel consumption and its solution for integrating onboard mobile telephones and the Internet.
There is one segment of aviation that has been largely impervious to the economic downturn–the highest of the high fliers; namely, owners and passengers in large-cabin business jets. They have proved to be early adopters of the most advanced in-flight connectivity and so it is to this sector that OnAir has turned its attention more recently, with half a dozen of its three dozen clients in this market to date.
The market for in-flight connectivity is about to step up a gear as passenger power pushes demand to be able to use personal smart phones, laptops and tablet devices, according to leading provider OnAir.
OnAir (Stand 1635) is installing its Mobile OnAir connectivity system in Comlux’s Airbus ACJ319. The system will allow passengers to use their mobile phones and smartphones in flight, when the aircraft enters service in January next year. The service enables calls, text messages, email and Internet surfing. Usage is billed by the passenger’s mobile operator.
Geneva-based air/ground communication specialist OnAir, which had originally restricted its in-flight personal cellphone user system to the airline industry, has responded to demand by expanding availability of its service to the business aviation industry.
Jet Aviation and ACC Columbia of Hannover, Germany, have agreed to install the equipment on a range of business jets.