Singapore Airlines will soon follow in the footsteps of carriers such as Virgin America, American Airlines, as well as JetBlue in upgrading the speed of its in-flight Wi-Fi. The flag carrier, an early adopter of the Wi-Fi feature, has selected Inmarsat Global Xpres (GX) Aviation as its connectivity provider, which will enable flyers to enjoy up to 50 Mbps of internet speed—on par with the connection most people are used to at home. The system is set to be installed in the second half of 2016, starting with its Boeing 777-300ERs aircraft, followed by its Airbus A380s and A350-900s.
“What is particularly exciting is that this is only the beginning of what we can do with connectivity,” said Singapore Airlines OnAir’s CEO, Ian Dawkins. “We already provide connectivity solutions for airline operations, from flight tracking to crew tablets, and from electronic flights bags to air traffic control AIRCOM services. The introduction of GX Aviation opens up a whole new world of opportunities for the connected aircraft.”
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