Today, OnAir and Honeywell (NYSE: HON) signed an agreement making OnAir the distributor of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band aircraft connectivity services to the business and general aviation segment. The five-year agreement gives passengers access to high-speed, in-flight wireless broadband. Geneva-based OnAir already distributes this technology to commercial airlines.
“Today OnAir is the only connectivity supplier providing Global Xpress Ka-band to the entire aviation space, both the commercial and business sectors,” said Ian Dawkins, OnAir CEO. “This contract reflects a revolutionary trend that the passengers are demanding—to use their devices in the sky just as they do on the ground. It is essential to be at the forefront of providing the passengers and crew with what they need: inflight connectivity.”
Global inflight connectivity crosses boundaries. OnAir provides the technology that allows airlines and business jet passengers worldwide mobile connectivity to make calls, browse online and text from the comfort of their aircraft seat just as they would on the ground.
OnAir's in-flight mobile phone and Wi-Fi products can be used across the world, over both land and water. OnAir has a unique network of regulatory authorizations from over 80 countries and more than 350 roaming agreements with mobile network operators.
“By partnering with OnAir, we’ll be able to meet their increasing needs for better connectivity and offer more expanded services so passengers and crew can be better connected, informed and productive,” said Carl Esposito, Vice President, Marketing and Product Management for Honeywell Aerospace.
Inmarsat Global Xpress Ka-band will be available to all business and general aviation aircraft types from early 2015.