Airbus threw Connection to HBCplus airspacethe company’s new flexible satellite connectivity solution which will be offered as an SFE (Equipment supplied by the supplier) line-fit catalog option and also in retrofit on all Airbus programs.
HBCpluswhich initially encompasses Ka-band services, will allow airlines to connect to a choice of Managed Service Providers (MSP) via a new certified terminal and a radome integrated into the aircraft. In the future, there are plans to expand HBCplus to include MSPs that offer Ku-band services.
Airbus has selected Inmarsat as the first MSP, bringing its GX Aviation in-flight broadband solution that provides a reliable and seamless passenger experience with global coverage and capacity for future growth. Other MSPs will join the HBCplus offer in due course.
Safran Passengers Innovations (SPI) has been selected as the terminal supplier and hardware integrator of ThinKomCommentProven antenna technology from – targeted for Ka-band services that offers high data throughput and reliability combined with aircraft fuel savings due to the antenna’s low-drag radome.
Airspace Link HBCplus provides SATCOM-based off-board connectivity for the Airspace Link open ecosystem which represents an end-to-end Airbus offering. This solution, which enables the exchange of data as a seamlessly integrated aircraft system, is ideally positioned to unlock future digital service capacity and demand growth, enabling airlines to offer a premium passenger connectivity experience, in an exponentially growing market.
André SchneiderAirbus VP Cabin and Cargo Program, said: “We are excited to offer airlines a new connectivity service solution that will provide improved speed and reliability for the passenger experience and more flexibility. Together with our key industry partners, we are pleased to enable future connectivity business opportunities within the context of the Airspace Link open ecosystem..”
Philippe CarettePresident of Inmarsat Aviation, said: “We are honored that Airbus has chosen Inmarsat as the first managed service provider for this transformative connectivity catalog solution and trusts our award-winning GX Aviation service for all of its aircraft programs. Inmarsat looks forward to working closely with its partners Airbus and SPI to deliver continued innovation to airlines and their passengers worldwide..”
Matt SmithCEO of Safran Passenger Innovations, said: “Safran Passenger Innovations is delighted to have been selected as the OEM for Airbus’ Airspace Link connectivity solution. We are excited to be part of the next evolution of the IFC industry by providing the technology to allow airlines to select the connectivity services best suited to their needs. We look forward to working with Airbus and our partners on this industry-transforming venture.”