Posted on: 28 July 2016 by Mark Howells
China Eastern Airlines is currently installing Rockwell Collins’ Iridium SATCOM aftermarket solution across its fleet of more than 100 Boeing 737 aircraft.
The solution is installed via a Boeing service bulletin for Next-Generation Boeing 737s and consists of a triple-channel transceiver that includes two channels for global voice communications and one for short-burst data link communications.
It is the first Iridium three-channel transceiver to be approved by Boeing for Future Airspace Navigation System (FANS) and safety services as well as supporting flight tracking and Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) units.
“Having an Iridium SATCOM solution that is backed by the aircraft manufacturer ensures support long into the future and helps retain long-term aircraft value,” stated Steve Timm, VP and general manager of air transport systems, Rockwell Collins. “On top of that, our solution is affordable because of the innovative ways we optimise SATCOM bandwidth for data transfer, all in a lighter-weight unit compared to previous-generation solutions.”
“Boeing is pleased to work with Rockwell and our mutual customer, China Eastern, to bring this technology to the retrofit market,” averred Bob Dankers, Boeing’s director of avionics modifications. “We heard our customers’ requests for a Boeing service bulletin to install this voice and data communication technology, which is usable where VHF radios do not operate and also satisfies mandates by the CAAC. This is just one example of Boeing’s commitment to finding retrofit solutions that provide the best customer value at an affordable price.”