Qatar Airways passengers can now experience high-speed broadband connectivity using Inmarsat’s GX Aviation technology.
The service is being progressively rolled out on all Boeing 777 aircraft and Airbus A350 aircraft in Qatar Airways’ fleet.
Qatar Airways is the first airline in the MENA region to have invested in the technology to provide this quality of service for passengers.
Passengers on flights fitted with GX Aviation can receive one-hour free access to the ‘Super Wi-Fi’.
If more time is needed, passengers can purchase full-flight access to the service selecting from a range of affordable options.
Qatar Airways chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “In another first for the MENA region, Qatar Airways passengers can now enjoy high-speed broadband connectivity, providing rich content without restriction, whether using the internet for work or relaxation during their journey.
“Business travellers in particular will be able to maximise their ‘office in the sky’ with seamless continuity.”
Inmarsat are the same high-tech provider selected by Qatar Airways for its space-based tracking system used to track all its flights worldwide.
Inmarsat use a network of satellites to detect signals transmitted from aircraft and relay this information reporting speed, location and direction, to ground-based receivers.
President of Inmarsat aviation, Philip Balaam, said: “Qatar Airways is renowned as one of the greatest innovators in global aviation with passengers being at the centre of everything they do.
“We are delighted that they are now pioneering our game-changing GX Aviation inflight broadband across the globe.”