November 17, 2015

Bombardier and Honeywell Completing Validation of Game-Changing High- Speed Wi-Fi Service for Global Aircraft

  • Bombardier WAVE will be available on new aircraft and via retrofit in 2016
  • The first and only system to offer the fastest worldwide coverage* powered by next-generation Honeywell Aerospace and Inmarsat technology
  • The first to offer performance commitments for global coverage* and speed

Bombardier Business Aircraft today announced that testing and validation for the fastest worldwide high-speed in-flight Internet connectivity and productivity solution in business aviation is nearing completion following multiple successful tests aboard its Global aircraft experimental test bed.

Bombardier WAVE (Wireless Access Virtually Everywhere) will leverage the latest in satellite communication technology to provide true worldwide coverage* and in-flight Internet access at speeds never before seen in business aviation. Passengers can now stage a videoconference, browse the Internet or stream online shows high above land and water, as seamlessly as they would on the ground.

Bombardier is the first business aircraft manufacturer to make ultra-high-speed Wi-Fi services available in flight globally and the first to offer performance commitments for network availability and speed.

Bombardier WAVE features a wide range of service packages and comes available on new Global 5000, Global 6000, Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft, as well as a retrofit option for Global Express, Global Express XRSGlobal 5000 andGlobal 6000 aircraft. Bombardier’s network of wholly-owned service centres will offer the first retrofit packages as of 2016, followed by progressive availability within the broader authorized service facility network.

“Our Global aircraft can link virtually any key city pair worldwide, non-stop, at close to the speed of sound, and the Bombardier WAVE system is intended to match this performance with its exceptional speed, promise of reliability and worldwide reach,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “WAVE is a further example of how Bombardier is leading the industry in delivering the ultimate cabin experience to its customers. Passengers will be able to remain truly connected, productive and entertained while in flight.”

Bombardier WAVE leverages Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWaveTM hardware and Inmarsat’s JetConneX solution to deliver ultra-high-speed access, consistent performance and seamless coverage across the globe. Jet ConneX is powered by Inmarsat’s next generation Ka-band satellite constellation, which has steerable beams that can boost bandwidth in high traffic areas and direct capacity where it matters.

“Our JetWave hardware, coupled with Inmarsat’s JetConneX solution, is ushering in a new era of connectivity in the skies,” said Kristin Slyker, Vice President, Business and General Aviation,
Honeywell Aerospace. “The industry continues to demand better, more consistent and faster in-flight Wi-Fi to make the travel experience better and our next generation technology is leading the way to satisfy these demands.”

“Passenger demand for in-flight connectivity has fundamentally shifted in recent years and through an important service innovation, such as Bombardier WAVE, using our new Jet ConneX solution and Honeywell’s JetWave hardware, the business aviation sector can now meet rising expectations for high-speed, reliable and consistent connectivity on private jets, with worldwide coverage,” said
Kurt Weidemeyer, Inmarsat Vice President of Business Aviation.   

About Bombardier
Bombardier is the world’s leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, we posted revenues of $20.1 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter  @Bombardier.

About Honeywell Aerospace
Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft, and its turbochargers are used by nearly every automaker and truck manufacturer around the world. The Aerospace business unit develops innovative solutions for more fuel-efficient automobiles and airplanes, more direct and on-time flights, safer flying and runway traffic, along with aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity services, logistics, and more. The business delivers safer, faster, and more efficient and comfortable transportation-related experiences worldwide.For more information, visit or follow us at  @Honeywell_Aero and  @Honeywell Turbo.

About Inmarsat

Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: ISAT.L). For more information, please visit

The Inmarsat press release newsfeed is on Twitter  @InmarsatGlobal.

Notes to Editors

Photo caption: Bombardier and Honeywell Completing Validation of Game-Changing High- Speed Wi-Fi Service, Bombardier Wave for Global Aircraft powered by Inmarsat satellite.

From left to right: Kurt Weidemeyer, Inmarsat VP of Business Aviation, William Shatner, Jean-Christophe Gallagher, VP Strategy and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft and Jack Jacobs VPGM – Safety and Connectivity, Marketing and Product Management, Honeywell.

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Anna Cristofaro
Bombardier Business Aircraft
+ 1 514-855-8678

Gwennie Cheung

Honeywell Aerospace


Robeel Haq

Inmarsat Aviation

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