Commercial, Embedded Avionics

Virgin Atlantic Renews Contracts with ARINC

By Tish Drake | June 8, 2011
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Virgin Atlantic Airways renewed multiple communication services contracts with ARINC, of Annapolis, Md., the companies announced Tuesday.

The contracts just renewed include comprehensive data link, voice, and satellite services. Virgin Atlantic also renewed its contract for ARINC OpCenter message management, a hosted service which offers carriers global delivery and access to Data Link messages. ARINC said has been the primary provider of air to ground communications for Virgin Atlantic since 2002, and currently provides all Data Link and Voice Communications for the cockpit and cabin to the Virgin Atlantic fleet worldwide.

Virgin Atlantic uses ARINC’s GlobaLink VHF ACARS Data Link service, Air/Ground Domestic and Air/Ground International voice services, as well as GLOBALink/Satellite and GLOBALink HFDL High Frequency Data Link services for global communications with its fleet.

“Virgin Atlantic recognizes ARINC as a superior supplier with deep technical expertise—a true Global Communications partner that can provide services across all media including VHF, HF, SATCOM and SBB,” said Scott Clark, Principal Design & Development Engineer at Virgin Atlantic. “Their ability to deliver flexible, highly reliable, cost-effective solutions, and to evolve and adapt technology to expand customer capabilities is unmatched.”

Virgin Atlantic also uses the ARINC OpCenter remote host processing system, which enables the airline to view and send Data Link messages globally using either Type B or Internet access.

“We are extremely pleased to receive this comprehensive new agreement from a great customer and one of the world’s most innovative airlines,” said ARINC EMEA Senior Program Director Michael DiGeorge. “Our long association with Virgin Atlantic is a major factor in ARINC’s industry leadership today, and we trust the partnership has been mutually beneficial for our customer.”

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