Air Mauritius A350 fleet to benefit from on-ground connectivity

Air Mauritius’ new fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft will be supported by wireless connectivity on the ground from SITA.

The Airbus A350 has a large data exchange in its own unique protocol – Media Independent Aircraft Messaging (MIAM), designed to exchange large amounts of data between the aircraft and ground systems using multiple communication channels. Air Mauritius wanted this exchange over Inmarsat SwiftBroadband (SBB).

At the gate, SITA’s wireless connectivity allows the airline to quickly and securely exchange vital aircraft information generated during flight with both the airline’s own systems as well as with Airbus and IBM. At the same time key information ahead of the next flight can be uploaded, including passenger and flight information.

This connectivity allows for rapid exchange of aircraft information which will help Air Mauritius speed up aircraft turnaround times while ensuring seamless management of the aircraft’s systems by ensuring complete connectivity globally.

Maneesh Jaikrishna, SITA vice president Indian Subcontinent, Eastern & Southern Africa said, “These new aircraft have become flying data centres which rely on world-class connectivity in order to exchange information on everything from engine data, passenger requirements to updates at the destination. This requires reliable, fast connectivity no matter where the aircraft finds itself. At SITA we are working with airlines globally to support that connectivity and ensure that the full benefits of connected aircraft can be unlocked.”

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