Inmarsat to launch high speed internet aboard EU flights
Global satellite operator Inmarsat is to offer its EAN high-speed internet system aboard airplanes on short and middle distance regional flights from the International Airlines Group (IAG). This was announced by Inmarsat on Monday.
IAG is the mother house of British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling. It was the first to sign a contract to offer the EAN high-speed internet on its flights.
Internet all the way
Together with its partners Deutsche Telecom and French TDF (TéléDiffusion de France) Inmarsat says to be able to offer this internet access all the way on regional flights through its satellites and a network of ground stations. TDF brings in a network of over 300 ground stations in all EU member states and Switzerland and Norway.
“EAN will offer European travellers access to a WiFi network aboard the airplane that is reliable and offers a speed never seen before”, Philip Balaam, president of Inmarsat Aviation says. Objective is to ‘revolutionize’ the business model for short-haul carriers and offer other means of revenue. Meaning it won’t be given away for free, apparently…