Collins Aerospace and SES launch fast web service for business aviation
Vista Global is launch customer for LuxStream service, which will offer speeds of up to 25Mbps in the United States
Collins Aerospace Systems is teaming up with SES to launch LuxStream, a high speed connectivity service for business aviation.
Collins, part of United Technologies, has suggested it will provide “the fastest broadband speeds available within the United States.” The companies say LuxStream will be the only service offering speeds up to 25 Mbps in the United States and 15Mbps globally via SES’s managed Ku-band satellite network.
LeAnn Ridgeway, vice president and general manager, Information Management Services for Collins Aerospace said: “In-flight connectivity is often cited by operators as the most important experience to provide on board, especially for long-range flights. By working with SES to bring LuxStream to the business aviation segment, we’re meeting that need by providing speeds and services that are unparalleled in the industry.”
Vista Global is launch customer
Vista Global will be the launch customer for the new system. Collins Aerospace will deliver the LuxStream service as well as the new Collins Aerospace Cabin Router on aircraft for both its brands – VistaJet and XO. This will start with the company’s 36 Global business jets under VistaJet.
JP Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks said the higher bandwidth would enable more VistaJet Members to use more devices and apps simultaneously: “LuxStream is powered by SES’s global geostationary high-throughput and wide satellite beams, as well as a flexible, intelligent ground network. Its performance has been validated extensively with a large number of passengers who were able to easily access the internet and stream entertainment content to their personal devices at 25Mbps.”
Connectivity is key - even at 45,000ft
The new solution, available as part of Collins Aerospace’s ARINCDirect portfolio of services, will provide VistaJet and XO with high quality bandwidth, flexible pricing models to meet the aircraft’s mission, an always-on service enabled by the redundancy and resiliency offered by SES satellites and a turn-key solution with both hardware and service provided by Collins Aerospace.
“Even at 45,000 feet, connectivity is key for business owners to continue working efficiently or families to keep in touch and unwind during their flight,” added Thomas Flohr, founder and chairman of Vista Global.