[APEX EXPO 2018] The Inflight Connectivity Race

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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.

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