ARINC, based in Annapolis, Md., was awarded a contract with U.K.-based airline bmi to provide Type B network communications.
Under terms of the contract, ARINC will provide its AviNet Type B network service and a suite of Type B messaging applications to support worldwide Sales, Cargo and Passenger operations for bmi, bmi regional and bmibaby. Deployment is expected to be complete in May. Type B messages are ACARS messages routed between a service provider and an airline or other ground system. The system will provide for several applications for the airline, including ARINC’s AviGate messaging hub that stores, routes, and forwards both Type X and Type B messages; AviNet Xmail service, which integrates IATA Type X Messaging with Type B and e-mail; and AviNet MQ, a system for Type B messaging on public networks with secure data transmission and encryption.