APEX Expo round-up: the latest news from SITA OnAir, Gogo, Inmarsat, GEE, Rockwell Collins and Thales InFlyt Experience.
Lufthansa will start the rollout of Global Xpress-powered connectivity next summer, before starting trials of the new European Aviation Network.
Gogo has received the final Supplemental Type Certificate from the FAA for its 2Ku satellite connectivity service, paving the way for the commercial launch.
Inmarsat has launched its third satellite in the Global Xpress constellation, bringing the high-speed connectivity service closer for commercial airlines.
KLM’s new Boeing 787-9s will include the new “KLM Wi-Fi” product, lie-flat business class seats with direct aisle access and an enhanced Economy Class.
WestJet Connect, which includes more than 400 movies and TV programmes, live TV channels and onboard Wi-Fi, will be added to 767ER and Next Gen 737 aircraft.
The “Exede in the Air” service will be installed on 10 A320s, while Virgin America will also become the first airline to deploy a hybrid Ku/Ka-band antenna.
AirAsia’s onboard instant messaging package, provided by roKKi, now includes access to the Twitter app, as well as WeChat, WhatsApp, LINE and KakaoTalk.
easyJet is happy to wait for the right onboard connectivity product at the right price, according to Simon Lamkin, the carrier’s Head of Operations Systems.