Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) today announced its selection of Rockwell Collins’ CabinConnect™ wireless in-flight connectivity and entertainment solution using Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) satellite network.
The agreement for global high-speed in-flight broadband, a full suite of advanced avionics and overhead in-flight entertainment (IFE) was unveiled at Dubai Airshow 2017. It covers a total of 10 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, with deliveries expected to begin by the end of this year.
GX Aviation is the world’s first in-flight connectivity solution with seamless, reliable high-speed global coverage provided through a single operator. It is the only service in the market that guarantees minimum data rates, ensuring that airline passengers can browse the internet, stream videos, check social media and more during flights, with an onboard connectivity experience comparable to the mobile broadband services they may receive on the ground.
“The new connectivity service will enable AZAL passengers to surf the internet, use various instant messenger applications, social networks, listen to audio and check emails via personal computers, tablets and smartphones,” said Mike DiGeorge, vice president, Commercial Aviation and Network Services for Rockwell Collins.
Among the advanced avionics selected by AZAL is Rockwell Collins’ MultiScan ThreatTrack weather radar. The first in the industry to feature two levels of turbulence detection, both severe and ride quality, MultiScan ThreatTrack delivers advanced technology to detect weather hazards during all phases of flight—thus ensuring an operationally efficient journey.
“The high-speed connectivity will open up possibilities for pilots to access information such as synoptic weather through a secure server router to supplement their flight operations,” added DiGeorge.