Posted on: 24 October 2011 by Ross McSweeny
SR Technics has reached an agreement with Panasonic Avionics to install the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) provider’s latest Ku-band satellite-based global communications suite (GCS).
The agreement covers the modification of the Gulf Air Airbus A330 and A320 family fleet comprising 30 aircraft as well as the modification of a Middle Eastern airline’s A319. The new GCS system offers wireless high-speed broadband Internet access for WLAN-enabled laptops and smart phones, and GSM mobile phone service. Work started in September 2011 and is claimed will take 18 months to complete.
SR Technics is the first turnkey solution provider for the installation of the new GCS system. The MRO service provider is developing new capabilities and design standards in IFEC modifications.
“We are pleased to be working with Panasonic as their preferred turnkey solution provider for their new state-of-the-art GCS,” commented General Manager for SR Technics America Inc., Sean O’Connor. “With our skills and experience we can ensure on-time delivery of all modification work, in line with Panasonic’s high quality standards.”
O’Conner added, “Additionally, the airlines can use the opportunity to combine the GCS installation with other maintenance and component services requirements.”