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50meg broadband coming to Cathay Pacific flights in 2012
Wednesday 07 July 2010 17:13:44 by John Hunt

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair will be offering in-flight broadband connectivity on flights from 2012 following an agreement signed by Cathay Pacific and Panasonic Avionics yesterday. The eXConnect broadband service will provide broadband speeds of up to 50Mbps and the eXPhone service will offer GSM phone services allowing passengers to use their mobile phones in flight. The service will also offer a CX-branded free entertainment portal including a range of content and live TV channels which will be available and updated during the flight.

"Connectivity will form an important part of our overall customer proposition. Having that connectivity integrated closely with our video on demand entertainment system is especially valuable as it means that all passengers will be able to use the service. We believe that being connected is now an expected part of everyday life – not just for business purposes but also to stay in touch with family and friends. This system will allow passengers to be as 'in touch' as they wish to be while enjoying the great Cathay Pacific and Dragonair service."

Alex McGowan, (Head of Product) Cathay Pacific

The system also offers other functionality to the airline such as being able to monitor and transmit airline operational data in real time from the aircraft. The system will be deployed across the full Cathay Pacific fleet, subject to regulatory approval.

Comments

Posted by dedics over 6 years ago
Great in-flight entertainment but the world's most uncomfortable seats -- at least, in economy class...
Posted by The_Engineer over 6 years ago
Really? tried Ryan Air lately?
Posted by otester over 6 years ago
Or easy jet?
Posted by nmg196 over 6 years ago
Thankfully Ryan Air and Easy Jet don't do any long haul flights anyway :)
Posted by tommy45 over 6 years ago
is this really needed? i think not,overkill if you ask me
Posted by mhc over 6 years ago

It will be a long time before the system is approved to carry aircraft operational data. The approvals process for that is difficult and very time consuming. Iridium took 5 years to get their basic approval and further work is ongoing.

Adminstrative data - from the cabin maybe, but certainly not navigational, comms, aircraft condition or maintenance data from the flight deck.

Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
LOL faster broadband 30,000ft in the air than the BT network will have in coming years at ground level. Time to move home to a 747?
Posted by c_j_ over 6 years ago
"certainly not navigational, comms, aircraft condition or maintenance data from the flight deck."

You might be surprised. The loss of 228 lives on AF447 when two of three airspeed sensors failed identically at the same time, fooling the flight control systems, has led to considerable pressure for rapid introduction of better in-flight feedback.

Combine that with the becoming-routine use of tarted-up Ethernet for critical flight data (see CDN, Arinc664, AFDX, etc) and a lot of networky stuff starts,with (aiui) remarkably little separation between flight-critical stuff and other data..
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