Hawaiian Airlines (HAL) has selected Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) platform for line-fit installation on its new Airbus A321neo fleet. The SB-S service is intended to deliver secure broadband connectivity via the Cobham Aviator 350D system to the flight deck for all voice and data applications, which can facilitate more accurate tracking. This tracking function can help the airline improve the passenger experience and comfort while saving fuel by avoiding unexpected weather and turbulence.
The agreement expands the current partnership between HAL, Inmarsat, Cobham and Rockwell Collins, established during on-going in-flight evaluations of Inmarsat SB-S and Cobham’s Aviator solution on-board HAL’s Boeing 767-300 aircraft, as part of a FAA supervised technology evaluation.
According to the parties, the partnership represents “a paradigm shift” in aviation safety services, delivering applications such as flight data streaming (‘black box in the Cloud’) and real-time electronic flight bag (EFB) applications, including networked graphical weather.
Rockwell Collins provides the managed service between the Inmarsat ground stations that enable the aircraft to communicate with HAL’s host systems, ground crews and regulatory agencies anywhere in the world.