Qatar Airways has selected Inmarsat inflight connectivity for its Boeing 787-9 and 737-10 fleet.
GX Aviation, Inmarsat’s high-speed global inflight broadband service, has already been rolled out successfully on other aircraft within the Qatar Airways fleet.
Qatar Airways offers passengers one hour’s free access to its ‘Super Wi-Fi’, powered by GX Aviation, with the option to purchase full access for the remainder of each flight.
The announcement comes as Qatar prepares to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in November. A fully connected fleet will enable passengers to stay up-to-date with match scores, watch video replays and even live stream games from 30,000 feet.
Inmarsat is committed to meeting the bandwidth requirements generated by the event and, alongside its partner Safran Passenger Innovations, has installed and activated GX Aviation on the first Qatar Airways 787-9 aircraft in less than five months from contract award.
His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, said “Making Super Wi-Fi available across our fleet is an important milestone at a time when staying connected with loved ones and friends has never been more important for passengers. As the 2022 FIFA World Cup approaches, Inmarsat is the perfect partner we need to ensure Qatar Airways can offer unrivalled inflight connectivity to each and every passenger, continuing our track record of service excellence.”
GX Aviation is powered by Global Xpress (GX), the world’s first globally available broadband network, offering inflight connectivity on par with mobile wifi on the ground. The GX network currently consists of five Ka-band satellites and will be further enhanced with the addition of seven more satellites. This includes two Inmarsat-6s, said to be the most sophisticated commercial communications satellites ever built, both of which are scheduled to enter service next year and will be followed by three additional satellites in geostationary orbit – adding speed, capacity and resilience – and two in highly elliptical orbit, enabling the world’s only commercial mobile broadband service for aircraft flying in higher elevations and across the Arctic.
The GX network will also play a crucial role in the ongoing growth of Inmarsat’s ORCHESTRA dynamic mesh network, which will bring existing geosynchronous (GEO) satellites together with low earth orbit satellites (LEO) and terrestrial 5G to form an integrated, high-performance solution, unmatched by any existing or planned competitor offering.