With a couple new deliveries imminent for Air New Zealand it appears that the Inmarsat GX inflight wifi connectivity deployment is set to grow again. The carrier’s A321neo frames are sporting the necessary radome as they complete their assembly and flight testing, suggesting they’ll have the kit active at delivery or soon thereafter.
— Tobi (@Tobias_Gudat) September 14, 2018
The carrier launched GX service on its 777-300ER aircraft nearly a year ago, combining the global Ka-band connectivity solution with Panasonic Avionics‘ IFE platform. That arrangement proved to be the framework that PAC and Inmarsat will pursue under their new partnership announced last week.
But installs stopped after the initial push for the long-haul frames. It now appears the carrier is ready to resume the rollout. With 30 A320s operating in the fleet already and another 20 Boeing twin-aisle aircraft to be installed (787 and 777) there is still a decent amount of work to be done.
— Tobi (@Tobias_Gudat) September 20, 2018