Qatar Airways now offers high-speed broadband access on 100 aircraft

_A Monitor Report 16 Sep, 2020 | 281 Views|-+
Doha : Inmarsat's GX Aviation inflight broadband is now available on 100 of Qatar Airways' aircraft.

The service, which is being rolled out across Qatar Airways' fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft, has become a popular addition to the airline's in-flight entertainment, allowing passengers to seamlessly browse the internet, stream videos, check social media, and shop online during flights.

Qatar Airways passengers receive one hour of free access to GX Aviation on equipped flights, with the ability to purchase full-flight access if more online time is needed.

The service, marketed as 'Super Wi-Fi' by Qatar Airways, has been used by millions of the airline's passengers since 2018, when it became GX Aviation's launch customer in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Inmarsat's GX Aviation inflight broadband is now available on 100 of Qatar Airways' aircraft. The service, which is being rolled out across Qatar Airways' fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft, has become a popular addition to the airline's in-flight entertainment, allowing passengers to seamlessly browse the internet, stream videos, check social media, and shop online during flights.

According to Qatar Airways' website, unlimited Super Wi-Fi can be pre-purchased during online check-in at a discounted rate of USD 8 or during the flight for USD 10.

Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways, said, "As a leader of innovation within the global aviation industry, Qatar Airways already operates one of the youngest and most technologically-advanced fleet in the skies. Where other airlines are reducing their Wi-Fi offering, Qatar Airways is expanding it. With connection to our loved ones and friends now more important than ever during these challenging times, we are delighted to work with Inmarsat and its GX Aviation technology to bring high-speed Super Wi-Fi broadband to passengers on board our fleet as part of Qatar Airways' exceptional five star service."

Qatar Airways' passengers will benefit from major upcoming enhancements to Inmarsat's GX network, with additional capacity being introduced by seven new GX payloads scheduled to launch in the coming four years, representing a transformative step-change in inflight broadband capabilities. This includes the entry into service of GX5 later this year over the Europe and Middle East region. The GX7, 8 and 9 satellites, which feature thousands of dynamically-formed beams that direct capacity over high-demand areas, will follow soon afterwards with the innovative new GX10A and 10B Arctic payloads, which will be the only broadband satellite service dedicated to this region and a perfect match for Qatar Airways aircraft flying in higher elevations and across the Arctic.

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