Inmarsat celebrates the 5th anniversary of the GX system


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Inmarsat celebrates the fifth anniversary of GX Aviation, its most successful in-flight passenger broadband service to date. Since entering commercial service in 2016, the award-winning solution has been selected by more than 35 airlines and activated on more than 550 aircraft, with approximately 1,000 additional aircraft in the backlog.

Powered by Global Xpress (GX), GX Aviation has transformed the airline passenger experience, delivering reliable, consistent, high-speed in-flight connectivity comparable to mobile Wi-Fi on the ground. It unlocks a host of new ancillary revenue streams for airlines and ensures they meet increasing passenger expectations for staying connected, surfing the internet, streaming video and audio, enjoying social media, making online shopping and more during a flight. Millions of passengers have enjoyed access to GX Aviation over the years, with major airline customers such as Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, AirAsia, Eurowings, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, Philippine Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

This latest milestone for GX Aviation comes at a critical time for the aviation industry as the pandemic has accelerated passenger demand for digital flight experiences. Inmarsat’s 2021 Passenger Confidence Tracker has revealed that digital solutions that keep passengers connected and minimize their contact with cabin crew and other passengers can go a long way in building trust. In addition, of the 10,000 people polled, 41% believed that in-flight Wi-Fi had further increased in importance after the pandemic.

Philippe Carette, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said: “GX Aviation has transformed the global in-flight broadband market, delivering unprecedented performance that has been truly embraced by airlines and their passengers. We are celebrating its fifth anniversary with our ecosystem of world-class partners, including industry-leading distributors such as Safran, SITA, Thales, Collins Aerospace and Honeywell. Each of these companies is relentlessly focused on providing the best possible on-board experience, so that airlines can meet the changing needs of passengers and maximize the vast commercial possibilities of in-flight connectivity. Together, we have made GX Aviation our best performing passenger broadband service and Inmarsat is investing more than ever to consolidate its leadership for decades to come. “

The GX network currently consists of five Ka-band satellites and Inmarsat’s technology roadmap will offer a number of major enhancements. Seven more satellites are expected to be launched by 2024, starting with the first Inmarsat-6, I-6 F1, in December 2021.

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