Virgin Atlantic has announced that GX Aviation inflight broadband will be available onboard the airline’s brand-new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. The news follows the airline’s reveal of the interiors for its new A350-1000, which will be equipped with GX Aviation upon delivery.
The connectivity service will be available once the first of these aircraft starts service from late summer 2019, allowing passengers to browse the internet, check social media, instant message and more, with speeds comparable to mobile broadband on the ground.
Gail Yates, Head of Inflight Services, Virgin Atlantic, said: “We are excited to unveil details of the unparalleled onboard experience that awaits customers on our new Airbus A350-1000s. Offering modern, world-class inflight connectivity is a fundamental part of this experience. We are confident that Inmarsat’s GX Aviation will truly raise the bar and offer second-to-none broadband for our customers.”
Philip Balaam, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said: “Virgin Atlantic is firmly established as one of the aviation industry’s greatest innovators and was the first airline in Europe to offer Wi-Fi on all flights. Their brand-new Airbus A350s will enhance the passenger experience even further and we are delighted that GX Aviation has been selected as the inflight broadband solution for the aircraft. This is another great win for our next-generation solutions.”
The airline is scheduled to receive a total of 12 Airbus A350-1000s over the next three years.