Inmarsat announced that Qatar Airways is rolling out the satellite operator’s new GX Aviation inflight broadband service on its Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft.
Qatar Airways is the first airline in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to offer GX Aviation, Inmarsat’s inflight broadband solution with reliable, seamless high-speed global coverage provided through a single operator. In total, the service will be equipped on more than 130 of the airline’s Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft.
The rollout follows a successful inflight test campaign across Qatar Airways’ global flight routes. As part of the service offering, passengers will be offered one hour of free access to GX Aviation, after which full-flight access can be purchased.
Airlines connect to the GX network using exclusive new JetWave terminals produced by Honeywell Aerospace. The terminals are designed for ease of installation and maintenance to assure the lowest downtime for any cabin connectivity solution in the market, allowing installation with minimal labour and using standard tools available in maintenance hangars, Inmarsat says.
The rollout of GX Aviation follows a separate announcement that Qatar Airways has activated an advanced new space-based system, supplied by Inmarsat, to track all of its flights across the world. Inmarsat worked exclusively with Qatar Airways to develop this solution, which utilizes Inmarsat’s satellite technology to provide the exact real-time location of the airline’s aircraft in latitude and longitude.