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Inmarsat expands Qatar’s IFC broadband

September 9, 2022

By Chris Forrester

Qatar Airways has further enhanced its contracts with Inmarsat for satellite broadband connectivity to its aircraft fleet and in particular its 787-9 and 737-10 aircraft.

Inmarsat signed its first agreement with Qatar in 2017 for Inmarsat’s GX Aviation system and they are in use on the airline’s Airbus 350 and Boeing 777 aircraft.

The GX Aviation technology has already been installed and implemented on Qatar’s first seven Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

The expansion of In-Flight connectivity has been highlighted as being useful for travellers visiting Qatar for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, which starts in November. The airline’s service model is to offer one hour of free access to its Super Wi-Fi with the option to purchase full access for the remainder of each flight.

“We were amongst the first airlines in the world to adopt [Inmarsat GX Aviation] and remain the largest operator of GX-equipped aircraft in the Middle East and North Africa,” said Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group CEO. “As the 2022 FIFA World Cup approaches, Inmarsat is the perfect partner we need to ensure Qatar Airways can offer unrivaled inflight connectivity to each and every passenger.”

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