PARIS — Mobile satellite services provider Inmarsat said its long-delayed, still-contested European in-flight-connectivity network debuted commercial service the week of March 5 with a “soft launch” by British Airways on a handful of planes flying intra-European routes.

British Airlines is the first member of the International Aviation Group (IAG) to roll out the European Aviation Network (EAN) service. Vueling, Iberia and Aer Lingus are expected to follow suit later this year, Inmarsat Chief Executive Rupert Pearce said.

Pearce also said Inmarsat this year would put . . .

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