June 19, 2024

FTS to provide inflight connectivity for MSFL

FTS, a provider of wireless Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity solutions announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with Minsheng Financial Leasing (“MSFL”) to provide an inflight highspeed connectivity solution for MSFL’s fleet of more than 300 aircraft.

The agreement was sealed in a signing ceremony held on December 11 2020 at the FTS headquarter in Beijing. By the end of 2019, China had a total fleet of 464 operational business jets, making the country the largest operator of business jets in Asia-Pacific. While the pandemic was wreaking havoc to the commercial aviation industry, the business jet charter market was thriving and carried on key functions such as medical, logistics and appeal especially to the VIP and corporate travel market.

MSFL claims to be the largest overall financial service provider of corporate jets in Asia, with more than 90% of China’s cooperate aircraft market share. It has partnerships with all major aircraft manufacturers like Gulfstream, Dassault, Bombardier, Embraer, Airbus, Boeing and its fleet of around 300 aircraft are serving in China, Asia Pacific region and other European countries.

FTS’s XStreamSAT Kaband satellite connectivity system has received CAAC, EASA and FAA STC certifications and was successfully launched on Qingdao Airlines A320 aircraft. Under this cooperation agreement, FTS and MSFL will collaborate to develop full-scale connected aircraft and digitalisation solutions for MSFL’s current and future corporate jet fleet. This project shall include (but not limited to): aircraft satellite broadband connectivity systems, inflight entertainment systems, smart cabin management, inflight IOT and ground operations platform.