Airbus chooses Inmarsat for cockpit communications

Positions SB-S as an advanced Light Cockpit Satcom solution on single-aisle Airbus
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Inmarsat's SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) service will feature in the popular Airbus A320 single-aisle and A330 wide-body families. The IP-based broadband communications platform will be available with equipment from Cobham’s AVIATOR S series, as selected by Airbus, to deliver next-gen services for the global aviation industry.

Using Inmarsat’s global L-band satellite network, SB-S delivers faster data and voice communications. Airlines will also benefit from a range of new digital applications, 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: “This is testament to SwiftBroadband-Safety’s ability to deliver an always on, always secure cockpit solution for the digital age, with expanded connectivity and reliability." He added: "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.”



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