Inmarsat is to deploy an integrated telecommunications network that will deliver high-speed broadband services to commercial and business aviation passengers across the EU. The satellite communications company says it is in “advanced discussions” with British Airways for it to be the launch customer of the network, which it hopes will go live in 2016. To achieve this ambition, Inmarsat has confirmed its order for a new S-band satellite, which will be called Europasat, and will develop a fully integrated air-to-ground network throughout Europe. The project is set to cost up to $250m. The new service will complement Inmarsat’s Global Xpress aviation services, and also extend satellite coverage across the globe.