Airbus has selected Zodiac Aerospace’s Inflight
Innovations as a Buyer Furnished Equipment supplier for the Airbus
High Bandwidth Connectivity (HBC) solution.
Innovations will supply aircraft equipment, and other terminal
As lead supplier, Zodiac Inflight Innovations will
manage the integration of the system and facilitate the Inmarsat
Global Xpress service directly.
“High Bandwidth Connectivity (HBC) represents
the new generation of connectivity services for both passengers
and airlines,” said Matt Smith, CEO at Zodiac Inflight Innovations. “The system provides high speed
internet to passengers, and many
other opportunities for airline ancillary revenue for example, and
airlines will be able to improve operation via real time aircraft
The current scope of this HBC program covers
the Ka-band system for A320 single aisle family, the A330 long
range family and A380 aircraft.
Larry Girard, Executive Vice
President at Zodiac Inflight Innovations, said, “The end result
will be that airlines will be able to have different HBC options
on multiple aircraft types, while providing a consistent service
to both passengers and the airlines' day-to-day operations. As the Lead supplier, Zodiac Inflight Innovations’ role is
bringing together all the components for the High Bandwidth
Connectivity program, including our own, and matching them to the
Innovations is providing an ARINC-791 compliant radome, adapter
plate, skirt seal, antenna, as well as other terminal hardware.
The radome and adapter plate have been designed to be sufficiently
flexible to accommodate other Ka-band antennas, minimizing the
work required for future HBC systems.
“We are building very
a strong relationship with Airbus,” added Girard. “Not only is
Zodiac Inflight Innovations a supplier selected to provide HBC
equipment, but also our inflight entertainment solutions are
approved as linefit on A330 Long Range, and under study on other
Twenty five airlines around the world with
over 200 aircraft in service are already using Zodiac Inflight
Innovations Inflight Entertainment which includes its RAVE Centric AVOD system and latest RAVE Wireless
streaming entertainment system.
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