November 29 2018  |  Connectivity & Satellites

Avianca starts broadband promotion

By Rick Lundstrom

Avianca plans to install Inmarsat's GX Aviation on its A320s, A330s and 787s

Inmarsat today announced that its GX Aviation inflight broadband service is now being offered by Avianca as part of a free trial period on select aircraft.

The trial period will last two months. Passengers can browse the Internet, check social media and e-mail. It is the Latin America debut of GX Aviation delivered through a wholly owned and operated network of Global Xpress high-throughput satellites.

The inflight broadband service, will be rolled out gradually on selected A320s, A330s and 787s in the airline’s fleet, it is currently available on its first two aircraft. Installations on additional aircraft are continuing to progress in Avianca’s MRO facilities in Colombia.

“We are delighted to be GX Aviation’s Latin America launch customer,” said Hernan Rincon, Chief Executive Officer of Avianca. “The introduction of inflight broadband on our first aircraft is a milestone in Avianca’s digital transformation and supports our mission to provide a world-class onboard experience for passengers. During this trial period, we will continue to monitor and fine-tune the service performance prior to entering commercial service next year.”

“Avianca is one of the airline industry’s true innovators and we are delighted that they are pioneering the introduction of GX Aviation in Latin America,” said Philip Balaam, President of Inmarsat Aviation. “This will be the first time that passengers in the region can experience our high-speed broadband in the skies and we’re looking forward to hearing their feedback.”

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