The aircraft of tomorrow won't just take you from London to New York and Tokyo; it should allow you to stay connected all the way.
That's not just passengers, but the pilots and ground staff too – a development that's likely to transform air travel, says Honeywell, a technology and manufacturing firm that develops a variety of systems and services for aircraft.
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"From a passenger perspective, it means you won't see much difference in service from when you walk into an airport on your iPhone at high speed and you walk onto a plane," Jack Jacobs, the vice president for safety and information management at Honeywell Aerospace told CNBC. "That's not the way it is today."
He added: "From a pilot and crew perspective, they will be able to rely on much more information on the plane that wasn't there before that allows them to fly safely, avoid bad weather, turbulence – well in advance of what they can do today."
Just how connected an aircraft is to air traffic control has been in the spotlight in recent weeks following the disappearance of Flight MH370 to Beijing in China from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on March 8.