Qatar Airways has selected Inmarsat to provide inflight connectivity (IFC) for its Boeing 787-9 and 737 MAX 10 fleet.
The airline is installing GX Aviation, Inmarsat’s high-speed global inflight broadband service, on more than 50 aircraft – 30 787-9s and 25 737 MAX 10s.
Of those only 7 of the 787-9s are in operation, all the others are on order. The GX Aviation system is already activate on the seven Boeing 787-9s.
The broadband system will allow passengers to stay connected to family and friends, browse the internet, stream video and audio, enjoy social media, shop online and more.
The new agreement marks an expansion of the existing partnership between the Doha-based national carrier and Inmarsat.
In 2017 they agreed to install Inmarsat’s ‘GX Aviation’ product on Qatar Airways Boeing 777s and Airbus 350s.
Inmarsat’s GX Aviation is powered by Global Xpress (GX). The globally available broadband network offers inflight connectivity on a par with mobile Wi-Fi 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.
Niels Steenstrup, President of Inmarsat Aviation:
“It has been more than four years since Qatar Airways became the launch customer for Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in the Middle East and North Africa and, during that time, millions of passengers have enjoyed access to its Super Wi-Fi service. We are delighted to expand our important partnership even further.
“Qatar Airways’ decision to select GX Aviation is testament to its continued satisfaction with our global, consistent, and reliable connectivity, as well as the positive feedback it has received from passengers. It has been a pleasure working with the airline on this rollout.”
N.B. Image credit: Boeing