Philippine Airlines (PAL) is upgrading its wireless in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) product OnAir Play to be installed on all its long haul fleet.
All existing Boeing B777 fleet equipped with Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband will be upgraded to Inmarsat’s Global Express (GX) Aviation powered by Honeywell’s JetWave SATCOM terminal starting with the aircraft that is scheduled to arrive in December 2017.
The new IFEC system will also be fitted to all its Airbus A350s and A321NEOs orders that will start arriving in 2018.
“GX Aviation is specifically designed for in-flight broadband, offering unprecedented speed, reliability and consistency,” said Frederik van Essen, Inmarsat Aviation’s SVP of strategy and business development.
GX Aviation will bring the newest generation of Ka-band service available since 2016 to PAL providing Internet broadband connection speeds of 50Mbps virtually everywhere in the world and is set to change the shape of inflight connectivity of the airline as it strives to upgrade its product offer.
“Philippine Airlines is absolutely focused on delivering the best-possible passenger experience, driving towards our goal of becoming a full-service five-star carrier. PAL is at the forefront of the connected aircraft revolution, and we are excited about the future. Service innovations, together with flight route network expansion and fleet modernization, remains a top priority.” PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautista said.
OnAir is a proprietary product of SITA which provides internet and telephone connection to airborne aircraft. It was fitted to the airline's long haul aircraft ranging from the B777s, A340s and A330s since 2014.
SITA's OnAir will enhanced connected experience for passengers and cabin crews with its integrated in-flight entertainment connections from Zodiac Inflight Innovations, aside from its existing Mobile OnAir service, an OnAir Plug’s secure online channel for in-flight card transactions and crew and passenger interactions.