The two organisations already have an existing multi-million dollar deal to fit the Boeing 777X fleet with a next generation Thales AVANT inflight entertainment system. The new agreement is part of the Emirates and Thales’ plans to develop and enhance the state-of-the-art inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) on the 777X fleet.
Over the years, Emirates has invested over US $200 million to equip its aircraft with connectivity. Demand for Wi-Fi on board has been steadily increasing and today over 800,000 passengers per month connect while inflight. Emirates offers all its customers 20MB of complimentary Wi-Fi data on board while Emirates Skywards members in First Class and Business Class enjoy unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi and discounted plans in Economy Class.
Emirates, Thales and Inmarsat have invested heavily in the new generation Wi-Fi solution and will work together to meet increasing demand for Wi-Fi on board. Broadband connectivity speeds coupled with Thales’ AVANT innovative and highly customisable IFE system will provide a further boost to Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice.
Emirates is the largest operator of the Boeing 777 aircraft, one of the most popular and advanced wide-bodied aircraft in commercial operation today. The airline has 165 Boeing 777s in its fleet, and a further 164 on firm order, including 150 of the next generation Boeing 777x aircraft.
The GX Aviation system is powered by Honeywell’s JetWave hardware. Michael Edmonds, president, connectivity and services, Honeywell Aerospace said: ‘“More than ever, passengers and airlines are demanding reliable, high-speed, global, in-flight Wi-Fi. That’s why Honeywell and Inmarsat are changing the way people communicate on an aircraft by offering a faster, more consistent, and global in-flight internet experience with Honeywell’s JetWave hardware and Inmarsat’s GX Aviation.”
“Today’s announcement that Emirates is choosing GX Aviation, powered by Honeywell’s JetWave hardware, for its upcoming fleet of Boeing 777Xs means passengers will have a connectivity experience in the air, just like at home or in the office, no matter where they are in the world.”
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