AirMedia Group subsidiary, Air Esurfing, has been selected as the sole distributor of Honeywell’s next-generation JetWave satellite communications hardware in China.

Aiming to benefit passengers and airlines, the co-operation aims to increase the availability of Ka-band connectivity for passengers travelling with airlines originating in China and generating new revenues for airlines.

“China plays a significant role in our global growth and we are committed to working with local partners to help advance the country’s aviation industry,” said Steven Lien, president, Asia Pacific, Honeywell Aerospace. “This exciting cooperation with ARE gives Chinese airlines a competitive edge in a globalised market – providing them with hardware and connectivity that delivers in-flight Wi-Fi with in-office speed.”

Grant Zhou, COO of AirMedia, said Air Esurfing “are pleased to establish co-operation with Honeywell to provide our customers with proven solutions to high-speed, in-flight connectivity to meet an increasing demand of passengers.”

Zhou added: “This co-operation will further advance our ability to provide customised solutions to meet the growth of high-speed connectivity in aviation industry in China.”

Honeywell’s JetWave satellite communications hardware provides high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi service worldwide by seamlessly establishing Ka-band communication links with the Global Xpress Network of Inmarsat Aviation and satellite ChinaSat 16 and ChinaSat 18.

Herman Guo, CEO of AirMedia said the strategic co-operation, “Will empower Chinese airlines” to deliver in-flight internet experiences similar to that on the ground. He adds that while enhancing the compatibility of Chinese airlines worldwide, the high-speed in-flight connectivity will present new opportunities to both Chinese airlines and AirMedia

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