Honeywell Aerospace´s (NYSE: HON) JetWaveâ¢ wireless in-flight connectivity system has received US Federal Aviation Administration approval for the Boeing 757, the company said.
Honeywell´s JetWave is the exclusive hardware for aircraft to connect to Inmarsat´s (LSE:ISAT.L) Global Xpress, the only high-speed broadband satellite network spanning the globe that will provide fast, seamless and reliable connectivity over both land and water.
The certification validates the reliability and capability of Honeywell´s hardware to connect to Global Xpress (GX) Aviation service to provide passengers with the same high-speed Wi-Fi experience they get at home or in the office while traveling at 35,000 feet.
JetWave and GX Aviation will enable fliers to have seamless access to onboard Wi-Fi to browse the Internet, check emails, stay connected on social media, watch videos and more, even on transcontinental flights. It also simplifies the path for US government approval for the use of JetWave hardware on other aircraft.
The certification of Honeywell´s JetWave hardware was achieved following more than 180 flight hours and multiple rigorous tests aboard Honeywell´s Boeing 757 test aircraft, which showed that the system would stay connected to Inmarsat´s GX network at various altitudes, angles and speeds, through several different types of weather, and over land and water.
Broader access to onboard connectivity has increased in-flight productivity and completely changed the modern flight experience. With GX Aviation, passengers and pilots will have access to Wi-Fi speeds that bring the same experience using mobile devices aboard aircraft as on the ground.
Inmarsat´s new GX constellation, which is initially formed of three Ka-band, high-speed mobile broadband communications satellites, achieved global Commercial Service Introduction during December 2015.
Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on commercial, defense and space aircraft, and its turbochargers are used around the world.
Inmarsat proides 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.