Emirates has announced that it will invest in new-high speed inflight broadband. This is a significant development for the airline that’ll welcome 50 Airbus A350 aircraft scheduled to enter the fleet in 2024. Inmarsat’s GX Aviation will power the inflight broadband.
This is a world-first network that will debut for the first time on their A350 aircraft. As a result, passengers boarding the plane will enjoy uninterrupted connectivity no matter where they’re flying, including the North Pole.
The announcement continues with Emirates’ ambition to offer a world-class onboard service. The airline recently welcomed back its first retrofitted Airbus A380. This is part of a multi-billion dollar program to retrofit 120 aircraft across the A380 and 777 series.
Emirates says the GX network that’ll power their inflight broadband consists of five Ka-band satellites. However, there are only plans to further enhance this with seven more satellite payloads as part of the roadmap laid out by Inmarsat. The company has many ambitions for connectivity and hopes to achieve them in the coming years.
Connectivity in the air has become one of the passengers’ most requested features. Therefore, Emirates’ investment in this for its Airbus A350s should only elevate the customer experience.