China’s Shenzhen Airlines said it anticipates significant growth in passenger demand. To prepare, it is considering Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S), Inmarsat said. The airline plans to launch an in-flight evaluation of the next-generation IP-based broadband service for flight decks on an Airbus A320.
The SB-S platform is to be installed using Cobham Avionics’ Aviator 200D hardware. Inmarsat’s solution can facilitate in-flight communications and secure, real-time, in-air information. Shenzhen Airlines said the evaluation is to focus on:
The Shenzhen partnership between Inmarsat, Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Co. Ltd. (MCN) and Aviation Data Communication Corp. (ADCC) to provide aviation safety to the Chinese market, the airline said. MCN and ADCC are to deliver satvoice, AVARS and data services. MCN is to serve as project manager for the SB-S evaluation.
“As the organization jointly established by Air Traffic Management Bureau of CAAC and the major airlines in China, we especially appreciate Shenzhen’s evaluation of SB-S, as they are our country’s first airline to do so,” said Zhu Yanbo, VP of ADCC. “As the air-ground datalink service provider for China’s airspace, ADCC will work closely with MCN and Inmarsat to not only deliver SwiftBroadband-Safety’s trusted cockpit communication and flight-tracking services, but also Globalink VHF ACARS and VDL M2 services to our aviation customers.”