Air Astana has become the first airline in the world to offer Inmarsat's GX Aviation to passengers on-board a widebodyjetliner, when the service recently went live on-board an Air Astana Boeing 767.
All three of Air Astana’s Boeing 767s, will eventually be available with GX Aviation and system installation on its second aircraft is slated for completion in October.
The airline had selected the next generation inflight broadband solution through Inmarsat partner Rockwell Collins in a deal announced last year.
Frederik van Essen, Inmarsat Aviation Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, said: "GX Aviation has already entered commercial service on narrowbody aircraft flights in Europe and the response from both passengers and cabin crew has been outstanding. As the only solution in the market today that has been specifically designed for inflight broadband, it offers unprecedented speed, reliability and consistency. Offering GX Aviation on widebody aircraft was our next major milestone and we are delighted to have achieved that with Air Astana and our partner Rockwell Collins."
Air Astana passengers will be able to choose from three connectivity packages: The Light option will cover 15Mb, the Business option will cover 50Mb, and the Super option will cover 100Mb. All services are estimated to operate at an average speed of between 2-5Mbps.
GX Aviation, the world’s first inflight broadband solution which provides reliable, seamless high-speed global coverage through a single operator.