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Air passengers are set to gain access to improved in-flight satellite broadband services, it has been reported.

Broadband provider Inmarsat has signed a deal with Wi-Fi operators Gogo and OnAir, which will see its Global Xpress service deployed on aeroplanes.

As a result, airlines will be able to upgrade from Immarsat's slower SwiftBroadband service, increasing the online options available to passengers.

Ian Dawkins, Chief Executive of OnAir, said the firm was delighted to be working with Inmarsat to bring passengers the next generation of inflight connectivity.

"That passengers want inflight connectivity is beyond doubt," he claimed.

"The provision of a consistent global service is particularly important for our customers, so that they know exactly what to expect, wherever and whenever they fly."

UK households have gained access to an improved range of satellite broadband services over the past year, with Avanti Communications and Eutelsat launching their own satellites into orbit.

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