The first ever commercial airline outfitted with Inmarsat SBB ACARS-enabled AVIATOR Satcom took off yesterday, June 03, on a flight from Honolulu, Hawaii to Phoenix, Arizona.
The first ever commercial airline outfitted with Inmarsat SBB
ACARS-enabled AVIATOR Satcom took off yesterday, June 03, on a
flight from Honolulu, Hawaii to Phoenix, Arizona. The Hawaiian
Airlines (HAL) Boeing 767-300 took to the skies soon after Cobham
SATCOM received the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).
Cobham SATCOM is the first manufacturer with airborne equipment
enabling the new SBB ACARS data services, while also offering IP
data and voice services to the flight deck of an aircraft.
Aero staffers have already received two phone calls and a test
email from the flight deck, using our system.
Kim Gram, vice president of Cobham SATCOM's aeronautical
business unit, said: "This is really significant. This first flight
represents a milestone on our journey to offer the airline industry
our game-changing AVIATOR S family of systems, e-enabling any
airline in the world, and allowing the industry to improve safety
and the efficiency of their airline operations."
Now we can continue with the scheduled installation of Cobham
systems on the rest of the HAL fleet, enabling us to measure the
quality of communications. We can then present this information to
the authorities, in order to attain a formal approval of SBB as a
The next milestone for Cobham SATCOM's aeronautical team will be
the first installation of their ground-breaking AVIATOR S which is
designed specifically to leverage Inmarsat's new SwiftBroadband
Safety service and will be available in 2016 to coincide with
approvals for FANS 1/A services over SwiftBroadband.