Rockwell Collins has announced that Singapore-based Tigerair will be upgrading 34 Airbus A320 aircraft (21 firm orders and 13 optional) with the latest version of its Iridium satellite communications system.
Deliveries will begin later this year.
The Rockwell Collins Iridium SATCOM system provides flight crews with reliable long-range voice and data communications over the global Iridium satellite network and supports both the Future Air Navigation System (FANS) and Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS).
Iridium has a fleet of more than 60 low-earth orbiting satellites. Its global service also allows aviation users to send and receive voice, messaging and data regardless of their positions on or above the earth.
While the data speeds via Iridium are quite slow (around 2.4kbps) it does have the advantage of being truly global and is ICAO-certified for safety services (ATC/FANS/ACARS).
Its advantages of rival systems are it small form factor equipment, making it easy to install, and low-gain antenna options that offer less drag on the aircraft.
Rockwell Collins says it products and solutions are supported 24/7 by Rockwell Collins’ market-leading customer service team, with over 2,000 staff and technicians operating from 46 service bases worldwide.