Air Astana gets connected with high-speed Wi-Fi

Air Astana will deploy the GX system on its fleet of Boeing 767s (photo by Anton Akhmatov)
Air Astana will deploy the GX system on its fleet of Boeing 767s (photo by Anton Akhmatov)

Air Astana is planning to launch high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi services onboard its aircraft.

Kazakhstan’s national carrier has signed an agreement with Rockwell Collins for the deployment of a new broadband internet system on its fleet of Boeing 767 aircraft.

Commencing in September 2016, Air Astana will  become one of the first airlines in the world to install the Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) system. This will enable passengers to connect to the internet via their laptops and mobile devices at speeds similar to on the ground.

“As a customer-oriented airline, Air Astana is always looking to improve the passenger experience on the ground and in the air. We’re very excited about the new in-flight connectivity opportunities that GX reliably provides to Air Astana passengers,” said Andrey Gulev, Air Astana’s commercial engineering manager.

“After carefully reviewing a number of competing offers, Air Astana’s decision came down to Rockwell Collins’ ability to provide a cost-effective solution that was tailored to meet all our needs.”

The new service will be available to both business and economy class passengers on all three of Air Astana’s B767s. Following the initial installation in September, the other two aircraft will be connected in March and September 2017.

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