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#CAIPODCAST Ep. 88: Shift5 CGO Talks Cybersecurity and Unleashing Connected Aircraft Innovation Faster

Michael Weigand, chief growth officer, Shift5, is the guest on this podcast episode. On this episode of the Connected Aviation Intelligence Podcast, Shift5 Chief Growth Officer and co-founder Michael Weigand is the guest. Shift5 is a cybersecurity company that focuses...
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Intelsat and OneWeb Partner on LEO/GEO In-Flight Connectivity

Intelsat and OneWeb partner on IFC solution. (Photo: Intelsat/OneWeb).

OneWeb and Intelsat have signed a global distribution agreement to offer a multi-orbit in-flight connectivity (IFC) service combining Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) and Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellite capacity.  The companies announced the agreement Thursday and expect it to be in service by 2024.

Under the agreement, Intelsat will distribute OneWeb capacity coupled with its service. Intelsat said this will fill gaps in IFC coverage and capacity at airport hubs, across oceans, and over polar routes.

“This level of connectivity will enable airlines to maximize brand affiliation with passengers through all their onboard services – delivering a truly connected end-to-end passenger journey,” said Jeff Sare, Intelsat’s new president Commercial Aviation. “The hybrid service offering further allows the global airline community to plan their suite of next-generation onboard services with confidence – not only ensuring a future-proofed passenger inflight connectivity experience, but also the implementation of a connected airline digitalization strategy.”

Ben Griffin, OneWeb vice president of Mobility Services, called the deal a “watershed moment” for the IFC market and said the partnership delivers the highest value for the lowest risk.

This partnership comes after Intelsat announced a new IFC solution in June, with a new multi-orbit capable, electronically steered array terminal to offer increased flexibility to its airline customers.

OneWeb is in the midst of a deal to combine with operator Eutelsat.

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#CAIPODCAST Ep. 87: How NetForecast Measures In-Flight Internet Quality of Experience

Alan Jones, Chief Technologist, NetForecast, is the guest on this episode. On this episode of the Connected Aviation Intelligence Podcast, Alan Jones, Chief Technologist for NetForecast, joins  to discuss how his company helps airlines generate quality of experience scores for...
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#CAIPODCAST Ep. 86: AirFi CEO Talks Wireless IFEC and Creating Mall in the Sky for Airlines

Job Heimerikx, CEO and co-founder of AirFi, is the guest on this episode. On this episode of the Connected Aviation Intelligence Podcast, Job Heimerikx, CEO and co-founder of AirFi, joins to discuss commercial airline wireless in-flight entertainment and connectivity trends....
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Private Jet Operator Airshare Selects Viasat In-flight Connectivity for New Aircraft

The cabin of a Bombardier Challenger 350 aircraft. (Photo: Bombardier.)

Private aviation company Airshare has selected Viasat’s in-flight connectivity (IFC) for new aircraft deliveries, Viasat announced Tuesday. Airshare’s business model offers “fractional ownership” of private jets, in which customers buy or lease access to private flights.

Viasat will install its IFC system on Airshare’s new Challenger 350 deliveries and future Challenger 3500 deliveries that begin next year. The Challenger planes are business aircraft built by Bombardier. The first installation on an Airshare Challenger 350 was completed in July and additional installations will take place over the second half of this year. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

This deal comes as Airshare is expanding beyond its core markets in the central United States, with plans to begin service on the East Coast in the near future.

“Excellent connectivity is no longer simply a nice-to-have amenity while in-flight,” said John Owen, president and CEO of Airshare. “Airshare’s best-in-class service demands a reliable connectivity solution that provides fast speeds and a consistent connection from takeoff to touchdown. … Choosing Viasat for our new deliveries was an important step as Airshare enters our next phase of growth.”

This is the latest in a string of IFC wins for Viasat after the company signed Virgin Atlantic in July, Southwest Airlines in May, low-cost airline Breeze Airways in March, and Delta Air Lines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines last year. The satellite operator said its Ka-band satellite network covers more than 90% of business aviation routes and the upcoming ViaSat-3 constellation will provide near global coverage.

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Saudia to Start Flying with Falcon 300 Terminal on Inmarsat’s GX Aviation Service Next Year

Saudia will start flying a fleet of Airbus A321neo and A321XLR aircraft equipped with Falcon 300 terminals—pictured here installed on a 737—to enable Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in-flight connectivity service next year. (Photo: Stellar Blu)

Saudia is on track to start flying Airbus A321 aircraft upgraded with Falcon 300 terminals to enable Inmarsat's GX Aviation in-flight connectivity (IFC) service early next year. The Saudi Arabian national carrier is ready to start installing and activating the GX connectivity on a fleet of 35 Airbus A321neo and A321XLR aircraft after the completion of a flight trial campaign where Inmarsat tested the performance of the service across “more than 320 simultaneous online user sessions and sustained throughput of over 200Mbps.”

The Falcon 300 terminal has received full type approval for the Airbus A321, according to Inmarsat. Developed in partnership with Inmarsat, Stellar Blu's Falcon 300 terminal includes a Ka-band mechanical phased array antenna, dual modem MODMAN, and several cabin wireless access points.

Stellar Blu served as the lead on obtaining certification and scheduling installations of the Falcon 300 on Saudia's Airbus A321s, according to the connectivity terminal provider's CEO Tracy Trent. In May, during the Future Aviation Forum held in Riyadh, Stellar Blu signed a collaboration agreement with Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) to include the company's in-flight connectivity installations as one of the modification services offered at a new one million square meter, custom-designed MRO Village to be located at the King Abdul-Aziz International Airport, Jeddah.

“The fact we have reached this stage in such a short timeframe is testament to the talented engineering teams on both sides, who mainly worked remotely over the last two years and rarely met in person. We look forward to seeing the Falcon 300 onboard SAUDIA’s Airbus A321neo and Airbus A321XLR aircraft, followed by many more airline fleets in the years to come,” Trent said in a statement.

Saudia first made the selection of the Falcon 300 for its Airbus A321 fleet in November 2021 to become the first airline customer for Inmarsat's OneFi portal. Inmarsat launched the OneFi customer experience platform (CXP) last year as a new digital in-flight passenger experience tool to drive more ancillary revenue from passengers last year.

“The results of our flight trials have demonstrated the terminal’s ability to consistently deliver the highest levels of connectivity, even over the world’s busiest airspaces,” William Huot-Marchand, Inmarsat Aviation’s Senior Vice President of In-flight Connectivity, said in a statement. “And with final type approval now in place, we are fast approaching commercial service at the beginning of next year.”

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Intelsat Enters IFC Market in India Through Agreement With Nelco

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Intelsat is entering the in-flight connectivity (IFC) market in India through an agreement with Nelco, a satcom service provider in India. Intelsat announced Thursday that the service is currently available on Intelsat partner airlines and their passengers on aircraft.

The agreement covers Intelsat airline partners with domestic and international flights to or from an Indian airport, as well as aircraft flying over the country. Jeff Sare, president of Commercial Aviation, said this opens the possibility for Intelsat to serve India’s domestic airlines with “untapped potential for IFC growth.”

Nelco will provide these services using Intelsat’s IS-33e high throughput satellite, which provides C- and Ku-band connectivity to parts of Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Intelsat’s IS-33e satellite is approved by Indian government regulators.

“We are proud that Nelco has forged this relationship with in-flight connectivity pioneer Intelsat to offer aero IFC services on their customer aircraft,” said PJ Nath, managing director and CEO of Nelco. “As India’s leading satcom service provider offering best-in-class services, we are now creating a great opportunity through this relationship with Intelsat for further growth of our aero IFC services in the country in the coming years – and we intend to be a leader in this market in India.”

This is the latest IFC win for Intelsat, which recently announced a distribution agreement with OneWeb to offer a multi-orbit IFC service combining Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) and Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellite capacity by 2024.

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Euroconsult Expects 21,000 Commercial Aircraft to Feature In-flight Internet by 2031

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The number of commercial aircraft featuring in-flight internet services is expected to double within the next decade, according to the latest in-flight connectivity (IFC) market outlook report published by Euroconsult. According to the report published earlier this month, there were 9,900 commercial aircraft connected to in-flight services by the end of 2021, and that number is projected to more than double to 21,000 by 2031.

"While not returning to pre-2019 levels, in-flight connectivity showed strong signs of uptake in the year with 120 commercial airlines offering in-flight connectivity to passengers with a total bandwidth capacity consumption rising to an unprecedented 24 gigabytes per second,” Euroconsult notes in their release of the new report.

The projected demand for connectivity on new commercial aircraft and the number of airlines offering in-flight internet services as tracked by Euroconsult was only a slight increase over what they projected and tracked in 2020. Last year, Euroconsult reported a total of 9,000 commercial aircraft featured in-flight connectivity (IFC) operated by 115 total airlines, based on data they collected in 2020.

The projected growth in the market last year was for that number to grow to between 16,000 and 20,000 connected aircraft by 2030. A year later, in their 2021 report, Euroconsult notes that a series of in-flight connectivity (IFC) service provider mergers and acquisitions have placed those companies in better financial positioning to pursue new contracts that lead to "as many as two dozen signed by the end of 2021 involving the equipping of a combined total of 1,500 aircraft."

Among the most significant IFC-related mergers and acquisitions that have occurred in recent years include Intelsat's acquisition of Gogo's commercial aviation business and Viasat's proposed acquisition of Inmarsat that is currently undergoing review by several international regulatory agencies. In July, Eutelsat and OneWeb revealed details of their own merger agreement that will bring together their satellite assets in Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) for multi-orbit service.

Despite all the merger and acquisition activity occurring though, Euroconsult still expects the IFC market to become more competitive in the near future driven by "evolving technologies that are likely to drive down capacity pricing." Euroconsult's IFC researchers believe the adoption of "competition satellite constellation architectures"—such as LEO satellites—will lead to an upsurge in bandwidth availability.

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Iberia Introduces Free EAN-Powered In-flight Messaging for Business Passengers

An Iberia passenger uses their free messaging feature in-flight. (Photo: Iberia)

Iberia, the Madrid, Spain-based international airline, has rolled out free in-flight messaging for its business class and "Iberia Plus" passengers, powered by the airline's fleet equipped with European Aviation Network (EAN) connectivity.

According to an update on the new amenity for its business class passengers recently published by Iberia, passengers that are Iberia Plus partners or traveling in business class will now have access to free messaging throughout the duration of their flight. In announcing the new program, Iberia highlighted that the free messaging is limited to mobile phone messaging applications and low-bandwidth emails.

"This new service makes it possible to share messages through WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger and Facebook Messenger, and to send emails without attached files or images," Iberia said in its new announcement.

An Iberia A320neo. (Photo: Iberia)

The free messaging option is enabled by Iberia's fleet of Airbus 320, A330 and A350 aircraft being equipped with EAN connectivity. Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom celebrated the three-year anniversary of the European Aviation Network in March. The two companies describe it as the only in-flight broadband service to combine satellites with a ground-based LTE network.

EAN connectivity has been activated on more than 265 aircraft, including the entire British Airways short-haul fleet, while fellow International Airlines Group (IAG) subsidiary Iberia's fleet is still being equipped with the service. In May, Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat announced the installation of additional antenna sites in the North Sea to boost capacity for airlines connected to EAN that operate routes in that region.

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#CAIPODCAST Ep. 85: OneWeb's Ben Griffin Explains How LEO Satellites Address Capacity, Throughput Needs for In-flight Internet

OneWeb VP of Mobility Services Ben Griffin is the guest on this episode of the Connected Aviation Intelligence Podcast. On this episode of the Connected Aviation Intelligence Podcast, Ben Griffin, Vice President of Mobility Services, OneWeb, joins to discuss how...
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