The grapevine was abuzz at this year’s APEX Expo — and Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas — about the tie-up between inflight connectivity titans Panasonic Avionics and Inmarsat, around the GX Ka-band network Inmarsat has put into orbit.
But the principal announcements at the show were from ViaSat, which snagged orders both large — from Aeromexico — and small — from La Compagnie — in advance of the entry into service of its ViaSat-2 satellite.
All eyes will be on how ViaSat 2 performs, and how the Panasonic-Inmarsat partnership develops between now and the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg next April.
Journalist John Walton specialises in seating, cabin interiors, premium class service, airport facilities. He is also deputy editor at Runway Girl Network and a senior contributor to Australian Aviation. He is at the forefront of social media and broke the hijacking of flight ET702 on Twitter (@thatjohn).