Global Eagle’s in-flight connectivity system, Airconnect has been integrated on-board Air France’s single aisle by AKKA, the Paris-based engineering consultants and provider of R&D services in the mobility sector.
AKKA was responsible for the development of a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to integrate the system on-board 113 including A318, A319, A320 and A321 aircraft.
Orange Business Services is the Data Service Provider. The first installation was approved by EASA on 15 October 2018.
AKKA is responsible for the design and certification package along with the development and manufacturing of the structural, mechanical and electrical interfaces which enable system installation. The design is compatible with Extended Services Goal requirement, it was built in accordance with ARINC 791 standards to allow standardized installation, ease of maintenance inspections and to optimize the cost of operations. Global Eagle’s Airconnect system offers highspeed Gate-to-Gate Internet services to all passengers via their own devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Network services are based on Global Eagle’s latest generation of aircraft hardware, with Jupiter HT modem infrastructure capable of 500 Mbps for each aircraft and a new three-axis Ku-band antenna that delivers superior efficiency. Orange Business Services provides an enriched connectivity through its high-performance network (ground and satellite), its expertise in project management, cyber security and local support to the mix for a complete solution offering.