AIX: Airbus selects lead suppliers for HBC systems

Airbus has selected both Rockwell Collins and Thales as lead suppliers of High-Bandwidth Connectivity (HBC) for its A320 family aircraft alongside its A330s and A380s.
“In our day-to-day conversations with our airline customers, the need for high-speed connectivity is top of mind. The solution we're providing meets the significant pressure airlines are getting from their passengers to provide a superior connectivity service while flying,” stated Greg Irmen, VP and general manager, flight controls and information systems, Rockwell Collins. “We're excited to be part of the movement to bring people together around the world, no matter where they may be.”
Numerous Rockwell Collins systems are standard on the Airbus A350 XWB and options for the A320 and A330 aircraft families. Most recently, Rockwell Collins was selected by Airbus to supply its Electronic Flight Bag interface and communications unit, which is part of its Secure Server Router portfolio, as options on A320s and A330s.
“Being selected by Airbus as lead supplier for HBC solutions is an important milestone in our long-standing relationship. Airline customers can soon choose Thales’ connectivity solutions that best meet their requirements on all Airbus platforms,” said Dominique Giannoni, CEO, Thales InFlyt Experience.
In addition to the already selectable GX connectivity solution for A350s, this agreement enables Thales to become linefit offerable for connectivity products and related VAR services on all legacy Airbus platforms.

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