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Thu, 8 December 2016

Air New Zealand Signs Contract for Inmarsats GX Aviation

Inmarsat has signed a contract with Air New Zealand to provide Global Xpress (GX) connectivity across the airlines long-haul and short-haul fleets.

For the first time, GX for Aviation connectivity will be integrated with Air New Zealands Inflight Entertainment (IFE) system provided by Panasonic.

Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9.

The first GX-equipped aircraft are expected to begin proving flights in the second half of 2017, with services progressively available on Tasman, Pacific and long-haul fleets from the end of next year.

 It is anticipated that domestic routes will be added to the connected fleet from 2018.

Air New Zealands Chief Digital Officer, Avi Golan, said, We wanted a world-class solution that would meet the high expectations of our customers, offering both a consistent and reliable service. We then spent time testing the GX live experience on Honeywells B757 test aircraft, as part of Inmarsat Aviations global test tour. Weve been monitoring the developments in inflight connectivity for some time and with GX, we believe we will be able to offer broadband on-board in innovative ways that will further set Air New Zealand apart as one of the worlds leading airlines.

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