Collins Aerospace is the newest distributor for Inmarsat‘s SwiftJet inflight internet service. Expected to enter service later this year, SwiftJet offers upgraded performance for the global business aviation market over L-band satellite links.
We know that our business aviation customers crave the certainty that quality inflight connectivity can provide, whether their passengers are working, streaming, or video-calling from 30,000 feet. We are thrilled customers can now talk to one of our most trusted partners, Collins Aerospace, about bringing SwiftJet’s ground-breaking capabilities onto their jets later this year. – Kai Tang, Inmarsat’s Head of Business Aviation
The upgraded solution offers a 2.6 Mbps link to a massive range of aircraft, nearly anywhere on the planet, using Inmarsat’s ELERA network. With the two new I-6 payloads now in orbit and soon to be active, Inmarsat expects to support the SwiftJet platform through the 2030s, with significantly more bandwidth available than today’s L-band/SBB solution.
The upgraded performance potential includes the more than 4,500 business jets flying with the SwiftBroadband (SBB) solution today. They could see an immediate jump in speeds on board with a simple terminal hardware upgrade.
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And, while 2.6Mbps is not a broadband solution for a larger commercial aircraft, it can deliver many services otherwise unavailable today. Inmarsat sees SwiftJet as “creating a secure ‘office in the sky’ with enhanced capabilities for video calls, web browsing, email, texting, cloud-syncing and collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams. Social media and video applications such as TikTok and YouTube.”
The distribution agreement marks an expansion to the companies’ long-standing partnership. Aircraft owners can now work with Collins Aerospace and preferred MROs to understand SwiftJet price plans, service contracts, upgrade feasibility, and more.
SwiftJet joins SBB and Jet ConneX (JX) in the Inmarsat business aviation connectivity portfolio. Collins Aerospace is also a JX distribution partner.
Nazeif Habboub, Programs Director of Business Aviation Services, Collins Aerospace, added, “We’re excited to be bringing Inmarsat’s innovative SwiftJet service to our business aviation customers, who we know crave reliable high-speed connectivity every time they fly… We look forward to speaking to many of our business aviation customers about bringing SwiftJet’s innovation to their aircraft, and to seeing it take to the skies very soon.”
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