GENEVA, Switzerland - Raytheon Technologies' Collins Aerospace business unit in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has launched new connectivity solution which enables business jet operators of all cabin sizes to keep their passengers connected while in the air.
The Collins Aerospace IRT NX Satellite Communication (SATCOM) system for Iridium Certus 700 can be installed and operated globally on a variety of aircraft platforms. Raytheon says operators will enjoy a reduction in overall connectivity costs by up-to 50%.
"Applications range from complementing existing KU/KA Band service in large cabins, to introducing cabin internet to small and medium size aircraft," said Clotilde Enel Rehel, Executive Director of Programs Connected Aviation Solutions at Collins Aerospace. "This new cabin connectivity solution provides a cost-effective level of connectivity that makes it an attractive option for all business jet operators."
Bombardier, a leading manufacturer of business jets, headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, is the launch customer for installation during production and for upgrading existing customer aircraft, starting 2nd half of 2023.
"This is a game changing solution for the business aviation market, and we are proud to see our long history of collaboration on connectivity services continuing with Bombardier," said Nate Boelkins, Vice President and General Manager Business and Regional Avionics at Collins Aerospace. "By working hand-in-hand with SATCOM provider Iridium, the only player today offering pole-to-pole coverage capabilities, we are broadening the reach of connectivity solutions for all our business aviation customers around the world."
"Collins Aerospace continues to be an industry leader in providing cutting-edge connectivity solutions to the business aviation market, and the Iridium Certus Connected IRT NX SATCOM system turbocharges their offerings," said Bryan Hartin, executive vice president, Iridium. "The light weight, low-cost, truly global IRT NX is going to be incredibly beneficial to aviators no matter where they fly."