Press Release: Qingdao to be first in China to offer FTS Ka connectivity


With the CAAC (Civil Aviation Authority of China) relaxation of regulations early this year to allow passengers to use smartphones during flights, the China market has been buzzing with activities in a rush to provide Inflight Connectivity.

FTS announced at the APEX Expo 2018 in Boston, USA, that it is partnering with Qingdao Airlines in China to equip its entire fleet of A320 aircraft with the FTS XStream-SAT Broadband Connectivity system.

Qingdao Airlines is a fast expanding private airline in China, currently operating a fleet of 14 A320s and serving a route network of over 20 domestic destinations.

With its commitment to “Passenger First”, the airline has been outperforming the market and plans to expand to over 100 aircraft by 2025. “Even before the lifting of the ban on passengers using their smartphone, we had been actively looking for a solution that meets our needs. The timing is right now that the smartphone ban was lifted, ChinaSat launched its Ka-band satellites CS-16 and FTS is here with its XStream-SAT system to complete the puzzle“, said the spokesperson for Qingdao Airlines.

“We are extremely honored and delighted to be working with Qingdao Airlines on this groundbreaking agreement to equip their fleet with our XStream-SAT Broadband Connectivity solution.  In the end what won them over is that we are not just offering hardware, but a total solution including a business management platform that helps minimize cost, improve operational efficiency and maximize ancillary revenue.  FTS can offer local support, integration services and market know-how that differentiates us from other providers,” added Mr. Duan Shiping, President of the FTS group.


FTS will be on hand to share more on its XStream-SAT solution and also unveil new innovations at the APEX Expo 2018 in Boston, USA, booth #1015, from 24 to 27 Sep 2018.

About FTS

FTS Technologies Inc. is a fast growing provider of full turnkey in-flight wireless entertainment and connectivity solutions for the aviation industry.  FTS designs and manufactures its own aircraft hardware, software, mobile apps and cloud backend to offer a cost-competitive yet powerful integrated platform to elevate airlines’ service offering and optimize ancillary revenue.  The company’s XStream-LITE Inflight WiFi Networking system has received EASA and FAA STC, and FTS has already signed agreements with airlines for its XStream-SAT Inflight Connectivity solution.  FTS is a global company with regional offices located in the USA, Singapore, Europe and China.