5 JUNE 2017
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Mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat has signed up Qatar Airways to become the first major Middle East airline to select the new GX Aviation in-flight broadband system.
The service will be available initially on more than 130 Airbus A350s and Boeing 777s. The latest A350s have been equipped, with the remainder and the B777s to be fitted from this summer.
The system is the first of its kind, with high-speed global coverage through a single operator. The company says passengers can browse the internet, stream videos, check social media and more on a par with broadband services on the ground.
Inmarsat Aviation president Leo Mondale said: “Qatar Airways has offered Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband connectivity solution for more than five years.
“This upgrade to true broadband on more than 130 aircraft initially will ensure passengers have access to consistent, reliable and high-speed connectivity wherever they fly.”
Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker added: “With Inmarsat, we are confident we will meet the highest expectations for in-flight broadband services, and avail of the many other new opportunities powered by connectivity."
Qatar Airways has also activated an advanced new Inmarsat-supplied space-based system to track flights using Inmarsat satellite technology to provide exact real-time locations in latitude and longitude.
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