Posted on: 14 April 2015 by Mark Howells
Cobham SATCOM (Cobham) has started the process of delivering 150 of its four-channel AVIATOR 1200SP SwiftBroadband systems to AirAsia, enabling the carrier to implement Tune Box’s in-flight entertainment (IFE) solution.The system includes Cobham’s Satellite Data Unit SDU-7330-4, High Power Amplifier HPA-7450, Type F Diplexer/Low Noise Amplifier and Intermediate Gain Antenna IGA-5001.
Using the SwiftBroadband flexible IP connectivity provided by Cobham’s solution, the service developed by Tune Box – roKKi – offers AirAsia passengers access to a complete IFE system, including access to connecting flight information, hotel and car reservations as well as the ability to connect to personal electronic devices.
Tune Box’s executive director, Sami El Hadery, said, “We’re excited to be the first service provider to launch on-board Wi-Fi services with a four-channel SwiftBroadband system on a commercial airline. This four-channel system differentiates us from other airlines that use a single-channel SwiftBroadband system, as it allows us to support more passengers accessing Wi-Fi on-board as well as additional next-generation revenue-generating services.”
Tune Box and AirAsia begun trialling the AVIATOR 1200SP SwiftBroadband in early 2014. After completing stringent customer assessment, it was certified through a supplemental type certificate from the FAA on AirAsia’s fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.
Willem Kasselman, air transport business development director of Cobham’s aeronautical business unit, stated, “Cobham SATCOM is proud to be supplying equipment for this innovative connectivity solution that will set AirAsia even further apart from its competitors. It is further proof of the growing market confidence in the Cobham SATCOM systems, which provides value benefits and cost savings, such as low drag weight, low induced fuselage stress and exceptional low elevation angle coverage, all resulting in a higher performance SATCOM system.”