Inmarsat announced that two airlines in the Asia Pacific region have selected its SwiftBroadband satellite communications network to serve as the satellite backbone for their in-flight internet services.
According to Inmarsat, Japanese air carrier All Nippon Airways and Philippine flag carrier Cebu Pacific will be deploying Swiftbroadband on their aircraft in 2013. The satellite broadband service will be provided by Inmarsat distribution partner OnAir through its ‘Internet OnAir’ wi-fi capability.
Japanese airline ANA plans to implement SwiftBroadband on its international routes starting in mid-2013. OnAir will fit its Inmarsat-enabled wi-fi services into 28 Boeing 777-300ERs and Boeing 767-300ERs that serve ANA’s international routes.
Likewise, Cebu Pacific Air will rely upon OnAir to provide inflight connectivity in its long-haul Airbus A330 fleet. The Philippines’ biggest flag carrier and the first low cost carrier in Southeast Asia, Cebu Pacific plans to debut Internet OnAir during 2013, making it the first Southeast Asian long-haul LCC to provide in-flight Internet access. In addition to in-flight Internet access, Cebu Pacific passengers will be able to place calls using Voice over IP (VoIP) applications via wi-fi enabled devices.
The Manila-based Cebu Pacific also has the option to provide the same services for its Airbus 320 fleet, which handle short-haul flights.
Other airlines that feature Inmarsat-enabled satellite broadband capabilities include Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.
Inmarsat SwiftBroadband is used in over 2,500 aircraft around the world. It provides both cockpit and passenger cabin with multiple simultaneous channels of IP data for email, internet browsing, telephony, text messaging, Virtual Private Networks, and VoIP purposes.