Zodiac Group to work with Singapore Airlines on connectivity
Singapore Airlines will deploy high-speed connectivity on its long range fleet, with Zodiac Inflight Innovations providing the GX Aviation equipment, the company announced Monday.
The equipment includes Radome and ARINC 791 installation provisions for the airline’s A380 and 777 aircraft. Zodiac Inflight Innovations will supply the equipment for the retrofit program through SITAONAIR and will also be providing the equipment directly for the A380s.
This will be the first Inmarsat GX Aviation system to be installed and is scheduled for the second half of 2016.
Zodiac Inflight Innovations is using its system integration expertise, to bring together all of the components; including the Honeywell Jetwave GX terminal.
Singapore Airlines was an early adopter of connectivity, on its A340s, as well as one of the first to provide connectivity on the A380. Recently, it has been providing free Wi-Fi sessions to the passengers in First and Business Class cabins through promotional sponsorship.
“Singapore Airlines is one of the most respected carriers in the world. By choosing Zodiac Inflight Innovations as the equipment provider and SITAONAIR services, Singapore Airlines is clearly demonstrating their belief in the superiority of GX Aviation in terms of passenger experience, reliable global coverage and support," says Matt Smith Zodiac Inflight Innovations CEO. “Singapore is our first customer, but we are also excited about what is yet to come."
The first aircraft type to be equipped will be Singapore Airlines’ 777-300ER aircraft, followed by A380-800s.