Inmarsat’s GX Aviation celebrates its fifth anniversary

Saudia’s next fleet of 35 Airbus A321neo and Airbus A321XLR will also offer GX Aviation.

Inmarsat celebrated the fifth anniversary of its in-flight broadband service GX Aviation. Since entering commercial service in 2016, the solution has been selected by more than 35 airlines around the world, with a total order book of more than 1,500 aircraft, of which around 550 are activated.

Powered by Global Xpress (GX), GX Aviation 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, enjoy social media, shop online and more while on a flight.

Millions of passengers have accessed 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 list continues to grow, with installations underway or planned with existing and new customers, including Saudia, such as announced at Dubai Airshow last month.

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 Passenger Confidence Tracking 2021 have found 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 respondents, 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 improvements. Seven more satellites are expected to be launched by 2024, starting with the first Inmarsat-6, I-6 F1, in december 2021.

However, GX is more than just a global satellite network, it is a complete end-to-end solution.

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