2016-11-01

Bombardier Begins Deliveries of New Global Equipped with Ka-band High-speed Internet Connectivity

  • Bombardier is first business aircraft manufacturer to offer the fastest worldwide* Ka-band high-speed internet, powered by Honeywell Aerospace and Inmarsat technology
  • Global aircraft are the leading choice for business travel providing ultra-high-speed internet access, consistent performance and seamless coverage across the globe
  • Available on both new and in-service Global aircraft

Bombardier announced today that it has begun deliveries of the first new Global aircraft equipped with the fastest in-flight Internet access in business aviation. Bombardier’s Ka-band system, powered by Honeywell JetWaveTM Satcom system and featuring Inmarsat’s worldwide JetConneX broadband solution, is the only truly high-speed Wi-Fi network in the industry today to provide seamless onboard coverage from a single operator across the globe*. Bombardier’s Ka-band system allows Global aircraft customers to browse the internet, stream online media or stage a videoconference as quickly and effortlessly as they would in the office or at home.

Bombardier is the first business aircraft manufacturer to make worldwide* Ka-band ultra-high-speed internet services available onboard and the first to establish performance commitments for network availability and speed around the world as an assurance of fast and consistent service.
“Customers routinely rank connectivity as the most sought-after cabin service, and Bombardier’s

Ka-band system is a further example of how we are leading the industry in delivering the ultimate cabin experience to our customers,” said Paul Sislian, Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Bombardier’s Ka-band system has further elevated the celebrated luxury and comfort of the Global aircraft cabin to an unprecedented level and will ensure that the Global family remains the premier choice of business aircraft operators.”

Bombardier’s Ka-band system leverages Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWaveTM hardware and Inmarsat’s worldwide JetConneX solution to deliver ultra-high-speed access, consistent performance and seamless coverage across the globe*.

 “This system represents a breakthrough moment in business aviation, and Honeywell is very proud that our JetWave hardware is helping to lead the way,” said Kristin Slyker, Vice President, Business and General Aviation, Honeywell Aerospace. “With the Bombardier Ka-band system, Global aircraft passengers can count on a fast and reliable Wi-Fi connection even when they are flying over oceans on long-haul flights.”
Inmarsat’s JetConneX is powered by Inmarsat’s next generation Ka-band satellite constellation, which has steerable beams that can boost bandwidth in high traffic areas and direct capacity where it matters.

“Our JetConneX broadband service with seamless worldwide coverage is a central component in this ground-breaking solution.” said Kurt Weidemeyer, Vice President, Business Aviation, Inmarsat. “The ultra-long-range Global aircraft can link virtually any key city pair worldwide, non-stop, and Bombardier’s

Ka-band system is powerful enough to deliver consistent coverage at speeds previously unheard of in business aviation.”

Bombardier’s Ka-band system was awarded a supplemental type certificate from Transport Canada in March 2016 and is offered as an option on new Global aircraft through Bombardier’s Global Completion Center or as an upgrade on all in-service Global aircraft models at the company’s network of wholly owned service centres. This retrofit capability will eventually be offered throughout the broader authorized service facility network.

About Honeywell Aerospace

Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft, and its turbochargers are used by nearly every automaker and truck manufacturer around the world. The Aerospace business unit develops innovative solutions for more fuel-efficient automobiles and airplanes, more direct and on-time flights, safer flying and runway traffic, along with aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity services, logistics, and more. The business delivers safer, faster, and more efficient and comfortable transportation-related experiences worldwide. For more information, visit www.honeywell.com or follow us at @Honeywell_Aero and @Honeywell Turbo.

Gwennie Cheung, Honeywell Aerospace, +1 646-589-1741, Gwennie.Cheung@honeywell.com

About Inmarsat

Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat operates in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com.
The Inmarsat press release newsfeed and corporate updates are on @InmarsatGlobal.

Robeel Haq, Inmarsat Aviation, +44 20 7728 1352, Robeel.Haq@Inmarsat.com

About Bombardier

Bombardier (BBD-B.TO) is a global leader in aviation, focused on designing, manufacturing, and servicing the world's most exceptional business jets. Bombardier’s Challenger and Global aircraft families are renowned for their cutting-edge innovation, cabin design, performance, and reliability. Bombardier has a worldwide fleet of approximately 5,000 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments, and private individuals. Bombardier aircraft are also trusted around the world in government and military special-mission roles leveraging Bombardier Defense’s proven expertise.

Headquartered in Greater Montréal, Québec, Bombardier operates aerostructure, assembly and completion facilities in Canada, the United States and Mexico. The company’s robust customer support network services the Learjet, Challenger and Global families of aircraft, and includes facilities in strategic locations in the United States and Canada, as well as in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, the UAE, Singapore, China and Australia.

For corporate news and information, including Bombardier’s Environmental, Social and Governance report, as well as the company’s plans to cover all its flight operations with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) utilizing the Book and Claim system visit bombardier.com. Learn more about Bombardier’s industry-leading products and customer service network at businessaircraft.bombardier.com. Follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.