Dubai’s Emirates new broadband network to offer high-speed connectivity on flights.


The broadband capability will enable passengers to stay connected even on flights over the arctic and to the North Pole

Emirates has invested in a new high-speed, inflight broadband onboard 50 new Airbus A350s, the service is scheduled to begin in 2024.

“The new agreement will significantly improve the passenger experience with enhanced connectivity and greater global coverage, even on flights over the Arctic,” the announcement stated.

The broadband is powered by Global Xpress (GX) satellite network which powers the world’s only globally available broadband network ensuring global connectivity “no matter their destination, including the North Pole.”
“Delivering a world-class onboard experience has always been paramount to Emirates and we understand the importance of being connected during flights. Over the years, we have worked closely with Inmarsat and our supplier partners to ensure all our aircraft offer Wi-Fi connectivity,” said Adel al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer.

We look forward to finding ways and options to improve the connectivity on-board our aircraft by utilising GX Aviation for our Airbus A350 fleet. The advanced capabilities being introduced by the forthcoming satellites are particularly important, as this will boost capacity across our global network, including aircraft flying over the Arctic for routes between the Middle East and America.”
Adel al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer
Adel al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer(ads2)

William Huot-Marchand, Inmarsat Aviation’s Senior Vice President of Inflight Connectivity said “We are delighted that Emirates has joined the GX Aviation family. This will be the first fleet with Emirates to be equipped with our highly advanced GX Aviation solution. GX Aviation is well positioned to meet growing passenger expectations around a digital onboard experience, offering high-speed connectivity with uninterrupted global coverage across all flight routes, even over the Arctic. We look forward to working closely with Emirates on the rollout and other exciting innovations that build on its excellent history of providing a best-in-class passenger experience.”

The announcement also detailed the addition of connectivity enhancements for Skywards members after announcing earlier this month that the airline has decreased the value of Skywards Miles needed for upgrade rewards and classic rewards booked in the national carrier’s Business Class and First Class.

Gold or Silver members traveling in Business Class get free internet access throughout the fight, in addition to First Class, and Platinum members travelling in any cabin class.

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