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Press Release: ThinKom passes 30 million hours of ops time for Ku3030


Press Release hub banner blue with title in red white and blueThinKom Solutions, Inc. today announced its flagship ThinAir® Ku3030 antenna – branded as 2Ku by Intelsat – has logged more than 30 million hours of operational time on commercial aircraft. The 2Ku antenna solution reliably carries passenger internet traffic, business communications, and aircraft maintenance data across the globe.

“The 2Ku program really changed what was possible to deliver to an aircraft,” said Bill Milroy, ThinKom’s Chief Technology Officer. “We were really the first team to enable a streaming experience via a high-efficiency phased array antenna system. That was a game changer. And now, operating the third generation of the system, 2Ku is still acknowledged as being the most efficient, most reliable, and most capable system available.”

Intelsat’s 2Ku offering continues to attract new installations, including a recent commitment from Air Canada to convert its A321 fleet to this high-speed solution.

Jeff Sare, President of Commercial Aviation at Intelsat joined in celebrating the milestone, noting, “2Ku is the lowest-profile and highest-performing antenna in the market. Our team has worked hard with airline partners and ThinKom to reach this critical milestone and deliver phenomenal inflight reliability. It’s the most dependable product in the market, and airlines like that.”


ThinKom’s ultra-efficient phased arrays, as part of Intelsat’s 2Ku solution, have delivered consistent connectivity to more than 100 million passengers on more than 6 million flights since inception. It is currently in use by 19 major airlines on more than 1,300 aircraft, consistently supporting over 98 percent total end-to-end system availability with industry-leading connectivity and throughput rates.

The 2Ku system continues to be the benchmark for inflight connectivity, maintaining high availability and a premium passenger experience.

About ThinKom Solutions, Inc.

ThinKom Solutions, Inc., is a leading provider of innovative, ultra-low-profile broadband antenna solutions for commercial and business aviation applications, delivering fast, resilient, and reliable connectivity “from every orbit to every seat.” The ThinAir® product line delivers compact, affordable Ku- and Ka-band options suitable for installation on planes ranging from business jets to super-jumbos. ThinAir antennas consume less power while delivering high spectral efficiency, reducing recurring satellite costs. Packaged in a low-drag design to save fuel and reduce emissions, ThinAir’s proven, proprietary, patented solutions are trusted by leading inflight connectivity providers and airline customers around the globe.

About Intelsat

As the foundational architects of satellite technology, Intelsat operates the world’s most trusted satellite telecom network. We apply our unparalleled expertise and global scale to connect people, businesses, and communities, no matter how difficult the challenge. Intelsat is building the future of global communications with the world’s first hybrid, multi-orbit, software-defined 5G network designed for simple, seamless, and secure coverage precisely when and where our customers most need it. Follow the leader in global connectivity and “Imagine Here,” with us, at Intelsat.com.

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