JOHANNESBURG -- Charter company ExecuJet South Africa has begun installation of Honeywell International's JetWave satellite communications hardware on portions of its fleet, marking the first time the technology manufacturer has provided in-flight Wi-Fi solutions for business jets in Africa.
The JetWave hardware is being placed in ExecuJet's Bombadier Global Express and Challenger 604 aircraft, giving them access to the Inmarsat's Ka band satellite communications network.
"ExecuJet South Africa is committed to delivering best-in-class aviation services, and we recognize the importance of reliable in-flight connectivity to heighten the passenger experience and modernize flight operations," said Warwick Stone, maintenance, repair and overhaul business development manager. "We look forward to continuing to work with Honeywell to provide our customers with the benefits of reliable, global, high-speed, in-flight Wi-Fi."
The turnkey installations can be completed in about two weeks, according to Honeywell, minimizing downtime for the operator.
"As Africa's aviation industry expands, we are welcoming a growing number of business aviation users, and with them comes a greater need for reliable, high-speed in-flight connectivity," said Rudolph Louw, aerospace leader for Honeywell's Africa division. "These installations in South Africa illustrate the truly global nature and reach of our connectivity solution and satellite network."