Satnews Daily
December 13th, 2018

Intelsat General and COMSAT to Offer Airborne Comms to U.S. Government and Coalition Partners

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) has announced that COMSAT will be the first solutions partner to market FlexAir to U.S. government aviation users and coalition partners — FlexAir will deliver high performing, resilient broadband service for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions as well as in-flight communications for government officials, troops and cargo aircraft.

COMSAT is adding FlexAir to its suite of airborne satellite communications services to continue to offer the Warfighter the best solution for their mission needs, where ever that may be worldwide. COMSAT will have immediate access to Intelsat’s global, flexible and proven Ku-band satellite fleet, including the Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellites (HTS).

FlexAir is unique as it is the first commercially available aeronautical service for 45 centimeter-performance equivalent Ku-band antennas that is being provided to the government as a managed service with a predictable and affordable cost structure. FlexAir will enable government users to select among several service offerings, allowing them to choose the right plan based on their data rate and geographic needs without having to make an upfront commitment.

Executive Comments

Skot Butler, Intelsat General’s President, said that FlexAir was designed with government users in mind. Global, seamless and scalable, FlexAir provides government aviation users with high performing, secure and cost-effective bandwidth that they can immediately access on demand. The high data rate transmissions delivered by the FlexAir service will enable a wide range of applications that will keep troops informed, provide greater situational awareness and ensure mission success.

David Greenhill, president of COMSAT Inc., added that the company has led the way in airborne satellite communications for DoD and coalition partners for more than three decades. The addition of Intelsat’s FlexAir offering to the company's portfolio highlights the firm's commitment to bring the very best levels of service and innovation to existing and future customer sets.