United Airlines’ Boeing 767 aircraft to be equipped with Cobham’s AVIATOR 300D and Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband-Safety
14 June 2017: Inmarsat, the world's leading
provider of global mobile satellite communications, and Cobham
SATCOM, the leading manufacturer of satellite communications
solutions, today announced that United Airlines will participate in
a technology evaluation of SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S), Inmarsat's
next generation flight deck communications platform.
SB-S will be evaluated on four United Airlines' Boeing 767
aircraft, which will be installed with Cobham's AVIATOR 300D satcom
system. It offers global, high-speed, secure connectivity for the
flight deck. Enabling powerful and flexible communications with
real-time inflight information, the service enhances airline
safety, asset utilisation, security, and operations.
United Airlines' evaluation of the IP-based broadband service is
part of the aviation giant's ongoing commitment to best-in-class
operations, safety and service. During this evaluation, United
Airlines will deploy its equipped planes in the highly congested
North Atlantic airspace. It will use the new platform for
communications and surveillance with Controller-Pilot Data Link
Communications (CPDLC) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance
Contract (ADS-C) messaging.
SB-S also provides a range of 'always on, always secure'
applications, which United Airlines will be able to use. These
include continual positional awareness for flight tracking, flight
data streaming (known as "Black Box in the Cloud") and real-time
electronic flight bag applications, such as networked graphical
weather. Operational benefits include more fuel-efficient routes
and the ability to transmit vital aircraft performance and
positioning data in real time.
Installations of the AVIATOR 300D systems on United Airlines'
planes are scheduled to commence later this year. The systems
include Cobham's IGA-5001 Intermediate Gain Antenna and will use
the AVIATOR 300D Supplemental Type Certificate developed by L2
Chuck Stewart, United Airlines Chief Technical Pilot for
Communications, said: "United is excited about installing and using
this powerful new communications capability as we expect to see it
enhancing our operational efficiency, especially in places like the
Andy Beers, Director, Global Aero Sales, Cobham SATCOM, said:
"We are excited about this latest opportunity to contribute to the
ongoing evaluation of SwiftBroadband-Safety as it supports our
development of communication technologies Cobham SATCOM is rolling
out to meet the future needs of the aviation community,
particularly our AVIATOR S Series next generation product line,
designed specifically to leverage Inmarsat's new SB-S
Captain Mary McMillan, Inmarsat Aviation Vice President of
Safety and Operational Services, said: "As a progressive and
innovative airline, United is making an important move anticipating
the future of aviation. With SB-Safety's secure broadband platform,
it will be able to benefit from the fully connected flight deck
that delivers improved safety and security, better efficiency and
optimised fleet performance."
Notes for Editors:
In June 2016, Airbus
announced it selected SwiftBroadband-Safety and Cobham's
AVIATOR S series avionics for the cockpit safety communications
solution for its popular A320 and A330 families of aircraft.
In May 2017, Shenzhen Airlines
announced its evaluation of the next-generation
SwiftBroadband-Safety platform with Inmarsat and Cobham to address
the needs of the rapidly-growing Chinese aviation market.
In November 2016, Inmarsat, Cobham and Hawaiian Airlines
announced that SwiftBroadband-Safety and Cobham avionics had
enabled in-air Electronic Flight bag connectivity for the first
time with Hawaiian Airlines.
Watch Hawaiian Airlines pilots and Flight Operations leaders
talk about the benefits of IP broadband in the flight deck in this
Thanks to satellite communications, airlines have saved over $3
billion in the last 15 years according to a recent Helios
Read more about the capabilities and benefits of Inmarsat's
'SwiftBroadband-Safety: The Future of Aircraft Communications'
can be downloaded
'Black Box in the Cloud Solutions' can be downloaded
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