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Inmarsat Signs Deal with Air New Zealand

By Chrissie Cluney December 20, 2016

Looking for great global mobile satellite communications for airlines?

Inmarsat, the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, signed a contract with Air New Zealand to provide Global Xpress (GX) connectivity across the airline’s long-haul and short-haul fleets.  

GX for Aviation is the world’s first globally available high-speed broadband network designed for mobility. It will be deployed by Air New Zealand to deliver a reliable, seamless broadband in-flight Wi-Fi experience across the world.

“We’re very excited about working with Air New Zealand. They’re an innovative organization and have taken a fresh approach to finding the right connectivity partner,” said Leo Mondale, president, Inmarsat Aviation.

GX for Aviation connectivity will be integrated with Air New Zealand’s Inflight Entertainment (IFE) system provided by Panasonic. Air New Zealand and all of their new partners have embraced the opportunity to come together to achieve their common goal.

“We wanted a world-class solution that would meet the high expectations of our customers, offering both a consistent and reliable service. We then spent time testing the GX live experience on Honeywell’s B757 test aircraft, as part of Inmarsat Aviation’s global test tour. We‘ve been monitoring the developments in inflight connectivity for some time and with GX, we believe we will be able to offer broadband on-board in innovative ways that will further set Air New Zealand apart as one of the world’s leading airlines,” said Avi Golan, chief digital officer, Air New Zealand.

GX for Aviation is the ideal solution for Air New Zealand because the global nature of the GX network means that the airline’s ultra-long-haul routes, across the Pacific and on to the United Kingdom are covered. While the ability to layer-in capacity over Air New Zealand’s key regional destination hubs, such as the East Coast of Australia, will ensure that the customer experience will be of consistently high quality.

Air New Zealand is joining a growing fleet of airline customers who have chosen GX, including Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Singapore Airlines.

If you’re an airline who is looking to acquire great global mobile communications then give GX for Aviation a chance.


Edited by Ken Briodagh
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