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18 SEPTEMBER 2017
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In what is considered a technical breakthrough Kazakhstan’s Air Astana has become the first airline to offer Inmarsat’s GX Aviation wi-fi onboard a wide-body aircraft.
The service has gone live onboard an Air Astana Boeing 767. The airline selected the next generation inflight broadband solution through Inmarsat partner Rockwell Collins in a deal announced last year.
The service allows passengers to browse the internet, stream videos, check social media and more, with advanced connectivity on par with broadband on the ground.
Air Astana passengers will be able to choose from three connectivity packages: The Light option will cover 15Mb, Business option 50Mb, and the Super option will cover 100Mb. All services are estimated to operate at an average speed of between 2–5Mbps.
Frederik van Essen, Inmarsat Aviation senior vice president of strategy and business development, said: “GX Aviation has already entered commercial service on narrow-body aircraft flights in Europe and the response from both passengers and cabin crew has been outstanding. As the only solution in the market today that has been specifically designed for inflight broadband, it offers unprecedented speed, reliability and consistency. Offering GX Aviation on wide-body aircraft was our next major milestone and we are delighted to have achieved that with Air Astana and our partner Rockwell Collins.”
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