The company hit the milestone this week and says the fast-growing backlog, which includes aircraft that have either been installed, or are awaiting installation, is a major endorsement of its strategy to make the connected aircraft a reality.
It follows a succession of airline customers that have selected to equip their fleet with Inmarsat’s GX Aviation and EAN services, including Lufthansa Group, International Airlines Group (IAG), Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Norwegian Air and Air Asia.
Inmarsat signed a deal with International Airlines Group (IAG) earlier this year to be the launch partner for the European Aviation Network (EAN), which the satellite provider says will provide passengers with “unparalleled inflight connectivity across Europe”.
“The fact we have crossed more than 1000 aircraft in backlog at this point is an incredible milestone, given that GX Aviation only went live a few months ago,” says Leo Mondale, president of Inmarsat Aviation.
“It is further proof that the inflight broadband revolution has truly begun; passengers are demanding quality connectivity and airlines are endorsing Inmarsat’s superior offering. We are deeply engaged with additional airlines worldwide, so this really is just the tip of the iceberg. The message is clear: we are coming to a plane near you!”
According to Mondale, the EAN is the first solution to combine the “best of two worlds” – integrating connectivity from a satellite, operated by Inmarsat, and a complementary LTE-based ground network, operated by Deutsche Telekom.
Inmarsat says EAN remains on track to enter service this year.