Rockwell Collins announced at the Farnborough Airshow that Cathay Pacific has begun operational evaluation of its e-Enabled aircraft solution on three Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
Working in collaboration with Cathay Pacific, Rockwell Collins is designing and supporting the implementation of a common aircraft network across Cathay Pacific’s fleet of B777, B747-400F, B747-8, and Airbus A330 aircraft, as well as Dragonair’s A330 and A320/1 aircraft.
The network will offer a full-time global air-to-ground data communication and information management service, supporting both current and future high-speed connectivity.
The Rockwell Collins’ ARINC e-Enabled aircraft solution allows for secure information management of flight operations, data communication services, cabin services, maintenance, diagnostics and vital safety information throughout flight, enhancing operational efficiencies and reducing costs.
It improves accuracy of fuelling requirements, provides potential for increased payload, and allows for automatic upgrades of installed and portable electronic flight bags.
Jeff Standerski, senior vice president, Information Management Services for Rockwell Collins, said: “The solution we’re implementing for Cathay Pacific represents a broader trend in our industry as airlines look to fully harness the capabilities and applications that high-speed air-to-ground connectivity can provide.
“We commend Cathay Pacific for pioneering this effort, as it becomes the first airline in Asia to begin the implementation of an almost fleet-wide e-Enabled solution, the most advanced of its kind.”
Rockwell Collins says that with Cathay Pacific it has the only e-Enabled fully-integrated and regulation-compliant aircraft solution flying today.
Cathay Pacific’s Mark Hoey, General Manager Operations, said: “Rockwell Collins’ ARINC e-Enabled Aircraft Solution enables us to create a highly functional, seamless communications platform, allowing us to improve the speed, accuracy, deployment and presentation of information between the aircraft and ground infrastructure.
“The ability to connect airborne systems to ground-based information technology systems in real time will result in improved operational efficiency and increased maintenance effectiveness, as well as provide a number of exciting service enhancements.”
- The Aircraft eEnablement Connectivity & IFE Conference 2014, is being held on 1st – 2nd October at the Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow, London.