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Japan Airlines offers free Intelsat IFC

Intelsat has won a contract to supply Japan Airlines with its satellite broadband ‘direct-to-seat’ connectivity to J-Air’s Embraer E-190 aircraft. Japan Airlines has installed Intelsat’s 2Ku system on the first of J-Air’s E190 aircraft and will be installing 13 additional aircraft by autumn 2024. The airline has been offering free wireless entertainment services since 2016. […]

January 3, 2023By Chris Forrester

Sichuan Airlines selects Viasat’s IFC

Sichuan Airlines, a Chinese air carrier, Viasat, the communications company, and AeroSat Link Technology, a subsidiary of China Satellite Communications (China Satcom), have announced the airline has selected Viasat’s iIn-Flight Connectivity (IFC) technology and equipment for installation on its Airbus A320 family of aircraft. When in service, the Viasat terminal installed on the aircraft will […]

December 16, 2022By Chris Forrester

Inmarsat Q3 revenue up 7%

Inmarsat’s has reported its Q3 numbers with revenue up 7 per cent, and EBITDA up 17 per cent, compared to the same period last year. The high spot in its list of positive growth segments came from its In-Flight broadband and communications division which, while not the largest revenue earner, came in with 33 per […]

November 29, 2022By Chris Forrester

Forecast: In-flight connectivity market to double by 2031

Analysis by space consulting and market intelligence firm Euroconsult shows a 10 per cent increase in the number of commercial aircraft connected to in-flight services compared to 2020, totalling 9,900 planes by the end of 2021. Within the next decade, the number of aircraft using such services is expected to double to more than 21,000. […]

August 17, 2022

Viasat wins Airshare IFC contract

Viasat has won a contract to supply new aircraft from Airshare’s fractional ownership fleet with its Ka-band In-Flight Connectivity and broadband access. Airshare’s new fleet includes aircraft from Bombardier including their Challenger 350 and upcoming Challenger 3500 versions. Viasat says that these new installations will allow passengers and crew to access high-speed connectivity solutions during […]

August 17, 2022By Chris Forrester

Intelsat, OneWeb IFC deal

Intelsat and OneWeb have signed a “global distribution” partnership, an initiative to provide a global service for In Flight Communications and broadband to aircraft. Intelsat already has considerable skin in the game because it bought in 2020 the commercial aviation connectivity business from Gogo for what many have seen as being a timely ‘bargain’ of […]

August 12, 2022By Chris Forrester

Gogo’s record results

Gogo supplies in-flight broadband connectivity to business aircraft and reported “record results” on August 5th. Helped by a recovery following on from the impact of Covid on aircraft demand, Gogo says it enjoyed revenue of $97.8 million (€96.4m), up 19 per cent y-o-y with Net Income of $22.0 million in the period to June 30th. […]

August 8, 2022By Chris Forrester

Gilat, Intelsat expand Japan IFC partnership

Satellite networking technology provider Gilat Satellite Networks is further expanding its strategic in-flight connectivity (IFC) partnership in Japan with satellite telecom network operator Intelsat. Intelsat is augmenting its commercial and business aviation services in Japan to support even higher levels of IFC reliability for air travellers by expanding the network with two additional SkyEdge II-c […]

July 25, 2022By Chris Forrester

Virgin Atlantic selects Viasat for IFC

Virgin Atlantic has selected satellite operator Viasat’s in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution for its new Airbus A330-900 aircraft. Viasat’s IFC system promises high quality, full video streaming, browsing, messaging, social media scrolling and more to every connected device on the aircraft, operating with a high level of in-flight connectivity. The Viasat IFC equipment will be factory-installed […]

July 14, 2022By Chris Forrester

Intelsat wins Air Canada IFC order

Air Canada has contracted with Intelsat to equip up to 45 Airbus A321 aircraft with Intelsat’s In-Flight Entertainment and Communications technology. The agreement sees Intelsat supply its 2Ku satellite connectivity solution on Air Canada’s upcoming Airbus A321XLR fleet and which will be installed on the Airbus production line in Hamburg, Germany. Additionally, Air Canada says […]

June 17, 2022By Chris Forrester