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November 01, 2012

Honeywell Partners with Inmarsat, ARINC Direct, OnAir to Enhance In-Flight Connectivity

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor

Honeywell joined hands with Inmarsat (News - Alert) to become the exclusive wireless airtime reseller for Inmarsat Global Xpress Ka-band aircraft connectivity services. The agreement also includes hardware supply for business aviation jet customers.

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Inmarsat Global Xpress Ka-band is a wireless microwave frequency that provides broadband services via satellite. Besides assuring very high broadband communication speeds, it will also help business jet operators, owners and passengers access the Internet and conduct business as usual.

Besides this five year agreement, Honeywell has also signed distribution partner agreements with ARINC (News - Alert) Direct and OnAir for the delivery of GX Aviation Service to business aviation airplane operators directly.

Carl Esposito, VP, Marketing and Product Management, Honeywell (News - Alert) Aerospace said, “With these agreements, we’re bringing complete wireless connectivity to the aircraft. Whether you’re a passenger in the cabin streaming a new video or a pilot in the cockpit checking real-time weather patterns, Honeywell is revolutionizing the way mobile connectivity is experienced in the sky.”

Leveraging these agreements, the companies can develop new applications and services that will augment entertainment and customer support. It will also support the implementation of software updates and upgrades to technical aircraft maintenance.

Ian Dawkins, CEO, OnAir (News - Alert) said, “We’re delighted to offer the latest generation of high-speed broadband connection to our customers. The tie-up between OnAir and Honeywell brings together leading and complementary technologies in their respective fields.”

The demand for more mobile devices is predicted to increase along with an increase in data and data traffic. In such a scenario, Honeywell will be able to cope with the demand for in-flight broadband coverage. The company’s solutions will keep passengers connected and they will enjoy access to streaming data including music and movies besides also social apps and business tools. More remarkably, business users will get access to cloud applications also.

Honeywell will allow aircraft operators to access the high-speed GX Aviation connection, enabling them to stream flight preparation and non-flight-critical information in real time, said officials.

Business jet pilots can connect their personal electronic devices to the GX Aviation link and receive streaming weather reports, flight delay information, rerouting, flight management system (FMS) updates and database downloads easily and fast.

Recently, Honeywell announced that it will provide technology and equipment for Cessna Aircraft Co.’s new Citation Latitude and Citation Longitude aircraft. The business from the agreement is expected to be worth as much as $800 million over the life of the program.




Edited by Brooke Neuman