Posted on: 14 September 2016 by Mark Howells
Inmarsat has signed an agreement with Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company (MCN) and Aviation Data Communication Corporation (ADCC) to provide aviation safety services to Air Navigation Service Providers and operators.
The Memorandum of Understanding was confirmed at ATC Global 2016 and outlines MCN/ADCC’s intention to offer cockpit communication services, including Inmarsat’s Classic Aero and next-generation SwiftBroadband-Safety services, in the People’s Republic of China.
Inmarsat’s partnership with MCN and ADCC is expected to be finalised by the end of 2016 and follows on from an announcement made earlier this year about plans for an MCN and Inmarsat joint venture to provide comprehensive aircraft cabin and connectivity solutions across the PRC.
Otto Gergye, Inmarsat Aviation’s VP airline market development, commented, “Inmarsat is a trusted provider of aviation safety and operational services. More than 95% of the world’s oceanic aircraft currently use our services for communication, navigation and surveillance and we are set to achieve an important paradigm shift in cockpit communications with our advanced and highly-secure new SwiftBroadband-Safety service.
“We look forward to serving China’s aviation industry alongside MCN and ADCC. The country represents one of the largest growth markets in the world for aviation, with annual growth rates of more than 5% per year. Both in-service aircraft and passenger levels are expected to more than double in the next 20 years. Our partnerships with MCN and ADCC also reinforce Inmarsat’s commitment to supporting China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ strategic vision.”
Song Zhen, MCN’s VP, stated, “MCN, ADCC and Inmarsat are strong leaders in their respective markets. This agreement is an important step in establishing a partnership that combines our individual strengths to provide China’s aviation industry with market-leading connectivity services for optimised cockpit and aircraft operations.”
Zhu Yanbo, VP of ADCC, added, “We are delighted to announce this agreement with MCN and Inmarsat. Together, we can support the growth and efficiency of China’s aviation industry by providing airlines with access to the best safety communications solutions in the market today, with the well-established Classic Aero service, and with the advanced next-generation SwiftBroadband-Safety service.”