(11 Dec 2020)
Inmarsat is celebrating the commercial service
introduction (CSI) of its most advanced satellite to
date, the GX5.
The satellite is now delivering unprecedented capacity to Europe and
the Middle East as part of the Global Xpress (GX)
network, which powers GX Aviation and Jet ConneX
(JX) inflight Wi-Fi services.
and procured principally to meet the needs of airline and business
aviation customers, GX5 delivers approximately twice the capacity
of the entire existing GX satellite fleet (GX1-GX4) combined.
Together with a significantly expanded ground station network and
enhanced cloud-based processing, the powerful satellite is
essential to support rapidly growing demand for aviation
connectivity in Europe and the Middle East.
will transform Inmarsat’s offering to aviation customers, bringing
significant layered capacity and network redundancy over Europe
and the Middle East, which form one of the world’s busiest travel
GX Aviation customers set to benefit
from the regional capacity boost include leading airlines such as
Qatar Airways, Eurowings, Lufthansa, Air France, SAS and Singapore
Airlines, alongside more than 800 business jets enabled with JX.
GX5 is the 14th satellite currently in service
with Inmarsat. Seven further launches are scheduled by 2024: five
in geostationary orbit – adding speed, capacity and resilience –
and two in highly elliptical orbit., which will enable the world’s
only commercial mobile broadband service in the commercially and
strategically critical Arctic region.
Philip Balaam, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said, “GX
Aviation and Jet ConneX are firmly established as the world’s
leading inflight connectivity solutions and we have now embarked
on a major, fully-funded development programme to ensure they
remain at the very forefront of this industry.
are delighted to take the next step in this ambitious roadmap with
GX5’s entry into commercial service. This is our most powerful
satellite to date, delivering more capacity over Europe and the
Middle East than the four existing GX satellites combined. In
addition to transforming the quality of aviation connectivity
today, it will ensure that our customers remain at the
cutting-edge of technology innovation as their needs evolve and air traffic recovers in 2021 and beyond.”
Inmarsat’s Passenger Confidence Tracker
recently revealed that the pandemic has further accelerated demand
for inflight connectivity. According to the research, four in ten
commercial airline passengers globally (39%) say onboard Wi-Fi is
more important to them since the pandemic.
The research also
highlighted growing demand for connected services that reduce
interaction and increase passenger autonomy, with inflight contactless payments, real time destination alerts and inflight
immigration clearance cited amongst the most effective ways to
boost passenger confidence in light of COVID19.
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