Collins Aerospace LuxStream to be installed on multiple Gulfstream aircraft


Western Jet Aviation will be installing Collins Aerospace’s new connectivity service, LuxStream, on multiple Gulfstream aircraft in its fleet before the year is out. Western Jet Aviation, based in Van Nuys, California, and Collins Aerospace expect the first Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA next month, giving them the go ahead to install the KuSAT-2000 SATCOM terminal on the G450. The G350, GV and G550 aircraft will follow shortly behind, with their STC’s due to be complete before the end of the year according to Collins.

Launched in late 2019, LuxStream offers speeds up to 25 Mbps in the United States and 15 Mbps globally.

“With Western Jet Aviation’s STCs, Gulfstream operators can now go to any Collins Aerospace approved MRO to install the KuSAT-2000, allowing them to experience LuxStream’s unparalleled connectivity speeds and services,” said Dori Henderson, executive director, Business Aviation & Digital Solutions for Collins Aerospace. “We know in-flight connectivity is one of the most in-demand features on today’s business aircraft and we are proud to provide the market’s premier service.”

Jim Hansen, CEO, Western Jet Aviation, said: “Western Jet Aviation is committed to providing our customers with top-class products and services. When it comes to Cabin Connectivity, we believe the KuSAT-2000 system combined with the LuxStream service meets this mark. The fast speeds and great customer service will be a great fit for our Gulfstream customer base.”

LuxStream is powered by satellite provider, SES’s, global geostationary high-throughput and wide satellite beams. Its performance has been tested extensively, according to Collins, with more than 25 passengers able to easily access the internet and stream entertainment content to their personal devices at 25Mbps at the same time.

Collins said that additional LuxStream STCs are anticipated by the end of the third quarter of 2020.