Intelsat Inflight Service Launches on Condor's New Airbus Fl
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May 28, 2024

Intelsat Inflight Service Launches on Condor's New Airbus Fleet

  • 2Ku antenna installed by Airbus

Intelsat, operator of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network, launched high-speed, reliable inflight connectivity service on the first of more than 40 new Condor Airlines’ Airbus narrowbody aircraft following an agreement that includes factory installation by Airbus.

“Intelsat’s 2Ku service will deliver streaming-quality connectivity for passengers even in busy European airspace,” said Dave Bijur, Senior Vice President of Commercial Aviation. “The factory installation means that Condor will be able to get the new Airbus planes in service faster and passengers will enjoy the reliable and proven Intelsat inflight connectivity.”

German-based Condor will have 2Ku connectivity on 43 Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft immediately upon delivery from the manufacturer. The installations will be completed under Airbus’ High-Bandwidth Connectivity Service program. Condor earlier this month started revenue service with the first A320neo with the remaining 42 aircraft planned for delivery through the end of 2028. 2Ku is designed to operate not just on today’s high-throughput Geostationary (GEO) satellites but on Intelsat’s fleet of new software-defined satellites that will enter service in 2026.

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“Condor is pleased to offer connectivity in cooperation with Intelsat onboard our brand-new A32xneo aircraft,” said Stanislaw Conradi, Product Manager IFEC & Aircraft Cabin Systems. “We are looking forward to extending our WiFi product “FlyConnect” to our short- and medium-haul routes, thus making sure our passengers can also stay connected above the clouds.”