Emirates and Thales have signed an agreement to
equip its Boeing 777X fleet with the next generation broadband
inflight connectivity using the Inmarsat GX global network.
Emirates’ Boeing 777X aircraft are due for
delivery starting in 2020.
Emirates and Thales already have an existing
multi-million dollar deal to fit its Boeing 777X fleet with a next
generation Thales AVANT inflight entertainment system. The new
agreement is part of the Emirates and Thales’ plans to develop and
enhance the state-of-the-art inflight entertainment and
connectivity (IFEC) on the 777X fleet.
Over the years, Emirates
has invested over US $200 million to equip its aircraft with
connectivity. Demand for Wi-Fi on board has been steadily
increasing and today over 800,000 passengers per month connect
Emirates offers all its customers 20MB of
complimentary Wi-Fi data on board while Emirates Skywards members
in First Class and Business Class enjoy unlimited complimentary
Wi-Fi and discounted plans in Economy Class.
Emirates has 165 Boeing
777s in its fleet, and a further 164 on firm order, including 150
of the next generation Boeing 777x aircraft.
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