Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) service
has been selected by Airbus as a cockpit communications solution
for the A320 and A330 aircraft families.
SB-S will feature in the Airbus A320
single-aisle and A330 wide-body families.
The advanced IP-based broadband communications
platform will be available with equipment from Cobham’s Aviator S
series, as selected by Airbus, to deliver next generation services
for the global aviation industry.
Using Inmarsat’s global L-band satellite
network, SB-S delivers much faster data and voice communications due
to its unprecedented speed and capacity, which are several orders
of magnitude greater than cockpit communications systems in the
These advanced capabilities will transform the
quality and security of cockpit communication and information
shared between pilots, air traffic controllers and airlines, with
Inmarsat’s satellite technology also ensuring consistent,
high-speed global coverage for SB-S.
Airlines around the world will also benefit from
a myriad of new digital applications never before available,
including continual positional awareness for flight tracking,
flight data streaming (also known as ‘Black Box in the Cloud’),
and electronic flight bag applications for pilots, such as
graphical weather for improved situational awareness.
Captain Mary McMillan, Inmarsat Aviation’s Vice
President, Safety and Operational Services, said, “SwiftBroadband-Safety will introduce
unprecedented new capabilities, allowing airlines to significantly
improve flight safety operations and provide a more efficient
service to passengers. Airlines also benefit from continuous
monitoring of aircraft performance and fuel usage.”
Inmarsat’s partner Cobham Satcom has been
selected by Airbus to provide the equipment that delivers SB-S
service onboard the A320 and A330 aircraft families. The
equipment, known as the Aviator 200S and 700S, will provide a
seamless connection between the aircraft cockpit and Inmarsat’s
extensive global satellite network.
Under Cobham’s contract with
Airbus, the equipment will be fitted onto the aircraft from 2018.
Kim Gram, Vice President of Aero Satcom at
Cobham Satcom, said, “Inmarsat has made an immense contribution in
the forward progression of our industry, from the development of
the original idea of smaller and lighter satcom hardware,
continuing its influential work in industry standardization
groups, to the ultimate deployment of services on its global
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