HONEYWELL AND GDC TECHNICS TO DELIVER JETWAVE AVIONICS FOR BOEING AND AIRBUS JETS
DUBAI United Arab Emirates, Dec. 8, 2014 – Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) has signed an agreement with San Antonio-based aircraft modification center GDC Technics to bring the Honeywell JetWave™ satellite communications system to in-service Boeing and Airbus business and commercial airplanes.
JetWave is Honeywell’s brand name for its range of satellite connectivity hardware that exclusively supports Inmarsat’s forthcoming Jet ConneX (JX) Wi-Fi service*. When it comes online early in the second half of 2015 the service will bring consistent, high speed in-flight Wi-Fi to aircraft across the globe over both land and sea.
GDC Technics will develop Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for Honeywell’s JetWave hardware on Boeing and Airbus aircraft, including those in Boeing Business Jet, Airbus Corporate Jet and Commercial configuration, enabling it to install the equipment on the aircraft.
“Through this agreement with GDC Technics, Boeing and Airbus operators will soon be able to easily upgrade their aircraft with one of the most advanced and capable in-flight connectivity systems on the market,” said Mike Beazley, vice president Global Sales, Business and General Aviation, Honeywell Aerospace. “Jet ConneX will bring high speed, consistent global in-flight internet connectivity via Wi-Fi to the cockpit and cabin and we expect to see significant demand for the technology, particularly for long haul commercial and VIP planes.”
GDC Technics will develop JetWave STCs for Airbus A319, A330 and A340 aircraft as well as the Boeing 737, 747, 777 and 787. Both commercial air transport and private jet operators will be able to turn to GDC Technics for JetWave hardware installation on their aircraft, while GDC Technics will also market the STCs to other completion centers.
Via the Inmarsat JX service Honeywell’s JetWave is capable of delivering broadband speeds similar to those that people experience in their homes and offices, allowing passengers to videoconference, send and receive large files and stream high quality television and movies while on the move. It will also allow operators to stream more data between the ground and the aircraft, improving operational efficiency and reducing maintenance costs.
“High speed, consistent in-flight Wi-Fi over land and sea is a technology game-changer for the industry; through this agreement with Honeywell we will soon be bringing to VIP, Heads of States and Commercial air transport aircraft around the world unprecedented levels of connectivity,” said Mohammed Alzeer, GDC Technics General Partner. “In today’s always-on society the ability to stay connected while in the air is fast becoming an expectation rather than a nice-to-have, making the JetWave hardware from Honeywell and JX service from Inmarsat an important differentiator for operators.”