Thales to offer global in-flight service

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Thales avionics in-flight communication and entertainment division, Inflyt, is looking to supply a global Ka-band satellite service to aircraft passengers.

Recently appointed Inflyt CEO Phillippe Carette told Runway Girl Network that it would still be using planned capacity on SES-17 (which Thales Alenia Space is building) and its 200 spot beams over North and South America, the Caribbean, Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. SES-17 is due for launch in 2021.

Carette added that the rest of the world would be covered by its use of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellites, plus adding other capacity as the service expanded.


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