13 July 2018: Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX business aviation inflight Wi-Fi service has been installed on the first business jets on the African continent.
ExecuJet South Africa fitted Honeywell’s JetWave hardware onboard Global Express and Challenger 604 aircraft at its Johannesburg base. JetWave delivers access to the global Ka-band Jet ConneX service, giving passengers and flight operators access to seamless high-speed ‘Wi-Fi in the sky’ for high bandwidth services such as video streaming, online conferencing, and gaming applications.
Ben Griffin, Inmarsat Aviation Vice President, Middle East, Africa and South Asia said: “Air charters are adopting Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX at a record pace. Streaming live content is a big differentiator between charter companies, and we’re seeing more and more adopt our inflight broadband service to give them an advantage over the competition. We’re happy that ExecuJet South Africa has joined the Jet ConneX family.”
Warwick Stone, MRO business development manager, ExecuJet South Africa said: “ExecuJet South Africa is committed to delivering best-in-class aviation services, and we recognise the importance of reliable in-flight connectivity to heighten the passenger experience and modernise flight operations.
“We look forward to continuing to work with Honeywell to provide our customers with the benefits of reliable, global, high-speed, in-flight Wi-Fi.”
ExecuJet South Africa is also among the first to offer “Fly Away” installations of the JetWave hardware on select aircraft platforms. By offering turnkey installations in less than 15 days, aircraft downtime is reduced and passengers can benefit sooner from increased productivity and seamless in-flight Wi-Fi in the air.
“As Africa’s aviation industry expands, we are welcoming a growing number of business aviation users, and with them comes a greater need for reliable, high-speed in-flight connectivity,” said Rudolph Louw, Aerospace Leader – Africa for Honeywell.
“As an industry leader in connected aircraft technologies, our JetWave hardware is designed to significantly upgrade the connectivity onboard these jets, enhancing the experience of passengers, pilots, flight crews and aircraft operators. These installations in South Africa illustrate the truly global nature and reach of our connectivity solution and satellite network.”