Airbus has announced that during the third quarter of 2017 a total of 5,000 of the company’s commercial aircraft will be equipped with high-bandwidth connectivity platforms that will provide faster Internet and mobile telephone services in the air. By 2025 it is anticipated that 62 percent of the global Airbus fleet (a total of 16,600 jetliners) will be connected using the new high-bandwidth architecture.
High–bandwidth connectivity is just a part of the company’s commitment to making its on-board experience superior to that found on any other airliner. It is also their intention to improve the experience for the crew by enhancing their operational communications.
The innovative solutions that are currently being developed will utilize a new generation of high-throughput satellite technologies that are found in the Ka-band and Ku-band frequencies. Ku is regarded as a legacy band and is in great demand globally, so much so, available capacity has been exhausted in some parts of the world. Although not as widespread as Ku, Ka-band frequencies are gaining in popularity with new satellites and networks launching worldwide. The two bandwidths are sometimes used together to form a hybrid system.
Development of High-Bandwidth Connectivity by Airbus
Late 2016 Airbus, which prides itself on its modern, market-leading jetliners, became the first company in the airline industry to demonstrate its new-standard high-bandwidth connectivity platform in-flight.
According to the head of the company’s connectivity program and upgrade services, Bruno Galzin, Airbus is determined to find connectivity solutions that will provide passengers in the air with the same type of connectivity they are used to having at home. The Airbus solution will enable its passengers to remain connected throughout the flight so that they can access the Internet, exchange with people on the ground via chat or email programs, and participate in social media while en route from city to city or continent to continent.
Additionally, improved connectivity solutions will improve the operational communications of crew and cabin staff in various ways including by enabling:
- Digital cabin logbooks
- Credit card authentication
This will improve service and help to generate additional ancillary cabin revenues, he said.
The new high-bandwidth connectivity solutions Airbus plans to introduce will come from multiple suppliers. They will be used for applications on A320, A330, and A380 jetliners in new production aircraft as well as retrofit. They will also be used to supplement the A350 XWB that is described as a “digital native” because it was introduced into service with a high-bandwidth connectivity capability.
The fact that older A320, A330, and A380 jetliners will be retrofitted means that all these aircraft will require the same Airbus parts and parts service when it comes to connectivity.
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