February 26 2014  |  Inflight Entertainment

Air China to test GX Aviation for high-speed global inflight Wi-Fi

By Tanya Filippelli

Honeywell Aerospace will begin testing GX Aviation on Air China’s A330 aircraft.  The collaboration between Air China with Honeywell and Inmarsat to jointly test the GX Ka-band connectivity solution is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2015.

"The airline industry is highly competitive, and airlines must constantly innovate with new and compelling value offerings to stay ahead of the competition. GX Aviation will enhance the inflight experience for Air China's customers, providing them with a superior level of inflight connectivity," said Brian Davis, vice president, Asia Pacific, Airlines, Honeywell Aerospace. "GX Aviation will undoubtedly establish new global benchmarks for passenger standards for the next two decades. True worldwide coverage and highest speeds are just some of the benefits that Air China can look forward to enjoying once the service comes into play in 2015."

"GX Aviation is rapidly gathering momentum," says Bill Peltola, Inmarsat vice president, Aviation. "The first satellite in the Global Xpress constellation is in place following a successful launch in December 2013. The second and third satellites are scheduled to be launched by the end of 2014. This testing program with Air China is further confirmation that everything is on track for GX Aviation to be available globally for all types of aircraft from the get-go."

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