Air Astana logs into onboard connectivity deal


Above: The Air Astana Boeing 767 business clss experience is about to be enhanced

April 5, 2016 – Air Astana passengers will soon be able to experience broadband in-flight connectivity on their personal devices, following an agreement recently signed by the airline with air transport IT provider, Rockwell Collins.

Air Astana will install the associated Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) high-speed connectivity system on its fleet of Boeing 767 airliners, commencing in September 2016. This will make Air Astana one of the world’s first airlines in the world to go operational with the GX system.

The service will be available to business and economy class passengers on all three of Air Astana’s Boeing 767s. Using their own devices, passengers will be able to surf the internet, use various instant messenger applications and check e-mails. First aircraft installation will commence in September 2016 and will be followed by system installation on the other two aircraft in March and September 2017.

“This GX Aviation service opens up new possibilities for Air Astana and its customers,” said Jeff Standerski, senior vice president of information management services for Rockwell Collins. “Air Astana’s passengers will soon experience what only a handful of others around the world will – the fastest and most reliable inflight connectivity available. For Air Astana, this service offers the opportunity to develop new offerings that go far beyond what’s possible today.”

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