Thu, 15 September 2016

Inmarsat and MCN/ADCC Sign MOU to Provide Aviation Safety Services in China

Inmarsat has signed an agreement with Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company (MCN) and Aviation Data Communication Corporation (ADCC) to provide aviation safety services to Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and Operators.

The Memorandum of Understanding outlines MCN/ADCCs intention to offer cockpit communication services, including Inmarsats Classic Aero and next generation SwiftBroadband-Safety services, in the Peoples Republic of China.

Classic Aero is a high-quality voice and data safety service currently used by most of the worlds airlines. It offers reliable and secure satellite surveillance and communications (FANS/ACARS) that meet ICAO global flight tracking requirements.

SwiftBroadband-Safety utilises secure IP-based broadband capabilitie to offer global, high speed, connectivity for cockpit and aircraft operations. The solution is always on and always secure, delivering next-generation applications, including flight data streaming (Black Box in the Cloud) and real-time Electronic Flight Bag applications such as graphical weather.

Inmarsats partnership with MCN and ADCC is expected to be finalised later this year and fits with the announcement made earlier this year of plans for a MCN and Inmarsat joint venture to provide comprehensive aircraft cabin and connectivity solutions across China.

More than 95% of the worlds oceanic aircraft currently use our services for communication, navigation and surveillance and we are set to achieve an important paradigm shift in cockpit communications with our advanced and highly-secure new SwiftBroadband-Safety service, said Otto Gergye, Inmarsat Aviations Vice President of Airline Market Development. We look forward to serving Chinas aviation industry alongside MCN and ADCC. The country represents one of the largest growth markets in the world for aviation, with annual growth rates of more than 5% per year. Both in-service aircraft and passenger levels are expected to more than double in the next 20 years. Our partnerships with MCN and ADCC also reinforce Inmarsats commitment to supporting Chinas One Belt One Road strategic vision. 

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